David P. Smith: God Bless the Atheists
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:46 AM


It is quite sad to read of a group of atheists, Humanists of Florida, in Polk county, Florida who recently got together to “unbless” a highway that leads into the county and put “unholy water” on it with brooms, mops, and water hoses.  A year earlier, a group of Christians, Polk Under Prayer, had prayed for a blessing on the same road as a means of protecting their county from evil and destructive influences.  This group of atheists makes fun of Christian believers and are allowed to exercise their free will of choice of whether to reject or accept God, and to accept blessings or to curse.  Christians should respond to these insults in the way that the Bible demands:

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse…Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:14, 17-21).

“And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now” (1 Corinthians 4:12-13).