Have you ever heard the term “practical atheism”? I first heard this term used a few years ago. At first I didn’t really understand what it meant but as it was explained, I knew exactly what it was. Practical atheism was explained to me as the following “Someone who claims to be a Christian, but lives as if there is no God.” We have all seen people act this way, we may even be guilty of acting this way ourselves from time to time. This type of lifestyle is completely unacceptable so we need to consult the Word of God to fix our problem.
The first section of scripture I would like to observe is found in Psalm 119:1-2. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. (Vs.2) Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” We should be able to seek God with all that we have. After all that is what it teaches in Luke 10:27-28. “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. (Vs.28) And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
Going back to our original text, it says “whole heart” for a reason. Some people only want to pull God out when they need Him but that is not how Christianity works! Christianity is a lifestyle, not an action performed on Sunday morning. I believe these problems stem from the lack of counting the cost of Christianity. Christ discussed counting the cost in Luke 14:28-30. “ For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Vs.29) Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, (Vs.30) Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”
Before we become a Christian we need to first sit down and determine the severity of what we are about to do. This is the mindset that Ezra had in Ezra 7:10. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Before he did anything, Ezra had determined to do that which was right in the sight of the Lord. We need to have that same determination concerning Christianity. Furthermore, it should be easy to seek God with our whole hearts! Why? Because God’s law is not grievous. 1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (Vs.3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
That means that it shouldn’t be a chore to obey God. The Psalmist understood this completely when he said “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1. He was glad because he understood God’s laws and that God is serious about us following Him with our whole hearts. I would also like to point out Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” This verse is talking about those who deny the existence of God, but the same applies to those who believe there is a God but refuse to obey or follow Him fully.
If we truly believe that the God we serve today is the same all powerful and loving God we read about in scripture, we will want to devote our lives to Him. All things considered, let us always strive to be the best Christians we can and always keep God FIRST in our lives so that we may receive our reward after this life is over.