Is it possible for a Christian to live like an atheist? Continue reading . . .
Is it possible for a Christian to live like an atheist? I don’t mean “live like an atheist” in the sense that one actually denies the existence of God or commits sin repeatedly and feels no conviction or experiences no repentance. That person would have no basis for claiming to be a Christian in the first place. What I have in mind is a person who is born again going about his or her business and daily affairs without the slightest regard for God’s intimate personal involvement in what happens. I have in mind the person who gets up each day and pursues whatever responsibilities they have all the while presumptuously taking for granted that they are alive. I have in mind the person, born-again mind you, who rarely if ever pauses to consider that whether or not they live another 10 seconds or another 10 years is dependent on the sovereign will of God.
This is the sort of person who professes faith in Jesus but lives as if God either doesn’t care about the minor details of our daily existence or does care but is helpless to do anything about it. Where this person falls short is in their failure to believe and behave consistently with what we read, for example, in Proverbs 16:9 and 33. There we read:
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Prov. 16:33).
What I’m getting at with this is that some Christians live either in total disregard for or indifference toward the truth of God’s providence. Is it really all that important that we know and believe in the truth of God’s providence, that we actually live and make our decisions each