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Churches Respond Impotently to Atheist Billboard

Churches Respond Impotently to Atheist Billboard June 22, 2012

Here’s an article from Charisma magazine that amuses me. It seems there’s a big “movement” that has formed in response to atheist billboards, which so disturbed a youth group that they got mad as hell and decided to get together and … pray about it.

God Belongs in My City is a national movement and statement of faith that is seeing cities and communities banning together to pray for change. Prayer walks are being organized in Dallas, Houston, Hawaii, Fayetteville, N.C., and beyond and is now set to take over all of Florida.

The movement started in October 2009 when a youth group passionate for God in New York City saw an atheist advertisement campaign in their subway system that said, “A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?” They were so stirred up by this, that they went to their youth pastor who then went to his network of youth pastors and leaders to ask, “What are we, as the body of Christ going to do about this?”

They prayed and decided to take action and have youth ministries from all around the five boroughs hold a prayer walk wearing a simple T-shirt which stated “God Belongs in My City.” In less than two weeks, on Nov. 14, 2009, more than 1,500 youth walked from North and South of Manhattan meeting at Times Square and Grand Central Station making a bold statement that made history in the city and now the nation.

Uh, no. 1500 people in New York City walking through the city and praying is not a “bold statement” and it certainly doesn’t “make history.” It’s just wasting your time. Oh, I’m sure the kids all got fired up over it, but it doesn’t actually do anything. It’s as effective as 1500 people getting together to throw salt over their shoulder or recite incantations. But if you want to waste your time, knock yourselves out.


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