Are we ready to take on the responsibility we once gave to God?
A belief in God alleviates humans of many responsibilities. As Bono said in his speech at the February 2006 National Prayer Breakfast:
… But the one thing we can all agree — all faiths, all ideologies — is that God is with the vulnerable and poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.
For those of us whose belief in God is rapidly fading, we are coming to the realization that there may be no God to be with the poor. There may be no God to help victims of natural disasters. There may be no God to help the victims in Darfur. There may be no God to hear the cries of children starving in Africa and other parts of the world.
We can no longer sit back and believe God will take care of these individuals because he so loves the world. We can no longer sit back and believe God is compassionate and kind to the less fortunate. For me, the realization is setting in that it’s really up to me. I can no longer shun the responsibility by conveniently believing God will pick up the slack. Am I ready for this? Are you ready?
- The de-Convert