“Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like the person who looks at their face in a mirror and, after looking at themselves, goes away and immediately forgets what they look like.” – James 1:23&24
“Practical atheism” is a phrase you don’t see used very often, but it’s a serious threat to effective Christian living. Simply defined, it describes a person who believes but they do not practice their faith, at least not in a readily observable way. They believe in their mind, and maybe even in their heart, but it isn’t obvious in the daily living. In other words, it may come as a surprise to their neighbors, colleagues, and even friends if they were to discover that the person is a Christian.
A practical atheist is a believer, but that’s as far as it gets. When it comes to decision making, lifestyle, recreation, social life, etc., they appear to be governed by their own will, desires, and pleasures. Practical atheism is impractical. If you claim to be a Christian but live a life of “practical atheism,” your life is out of step. You are an oxymoron. It doesn’t work.
Jesus was very clear on this topic –
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven,” (Matt. 7:21).
Saying, “Jesus is Lord,” but not actually doing the will of God is a contradiction. God is not a God of contradiction, lying, and half-truths.
“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all,” (I Jn. 1:5).
There’s no mixed messages. No mixed signals. Our lives should be a reflection of God’s nature.
We should “walk in the light, as He is in the light,” (I Jn. 1:7).
God, save us from “practical atheism.”
May there be harmony between belief and daily living.
Seeking Him with you,