Atheism comes from the ancient Greek for no God. As we discussed in part 1, secular means without God. When we do something “secular,” we’re doing it without God. We practice atheism. Secular atheism is our nature, our natural state. Our created state was good (Genesis 1). God created us for a relationship with himself, but since the fall, we all tend to act like there is no God. We practice secular atheism.
How do we resist our natural, fallen tendency to live like there is no God? We can use the spiritual disciplines to train ourselves. Some of us are naturally more self-disciplined than others. But we all have weaknesses, blind spots and tendencies where we might fall.
I’ve never created a formal plan, but I do practice certain activities that train my mind. Daily time reading the Bible with God, asking him to direct my reading, my thoughts and how I’m transformed. Weekly time with God’s people, in a church, appreciating God, being taught his Bible and being accountable to God’s people is another practice. I also try to express gratitude to God regularly and focus on God’s work in the world. Do you appreciate beauty in creation, in anything? Thank God for whatever you appreciate. He is the source.
A few years ago, I began a plan to avoid practical atheism at work, too. The first idea God gave me was that I could pray for my coworkers. Each morning on the way to work, I would mentally walk through the office and pray for each person. I ask God to bless them and to use me. I ask him to show me what to do and then, on my best days, I make a way to do what he said. I find ways to appreciate people. Often simply appreciating people and expressing thanks and gratitude to them shows them I share God’s value for them. We all desire appreciation.
When I started praying for my coworkers, I started noticing God more. He prompted me to say and do things I might not have otherwise done. I started to think more about what I believed. I made time to help others and, because I said some stupid things, I started to think more about how I expressed my beliefs and how I told others about Jesus. More on that in coming posts.
What about you? How do you avoid practical atheism at work? Please comment below or on the conversation in the Follower of One community. Your ideas will help others and we appreciate your contribution.