A Christian Perspective On Britney Spears Coming Out As An Atheist by David Lee Chu Sarchet
Recently, in an audio recording on 60 Minutes Australia, pop singer Britney Spears announced that she is now an atheist. Her reasoning for this new faith change was this:
“God would not [have allowed] that to happen to me if God existed. I don’t believe in God anymore because of the way my children and my family have treated me.”
The first thing that I would like to say is that there is no such thing as a true atheist. Romans 1:18-33 is perfectly clear that God has revealed Himself to all people in such a way that no man has a defense for not worshiping Him. However, there are some things about this new revelation about Spears concerning mental health that many people really should consider.
These points are:
1) The way people treat one another can have a devastating impact one’s mental health
2)As the Body of Christ, we need to do better in demonstrating love towards one another
Studies have consistently shown that we are relational beings and the scriptures say the same thing. When God said that it was not good for man to be alone, it demonstrated that man was made a social creature. The implications of this is that words actually do hurt us, contrary to the old childhood saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”.
Since we understand this fact, those of us who are Christians should make extra caution to show more love to one another because we do not want to be the reason a brother or sister in the faith is destroyed. Jesus tells us that our love for one another is how the world will know we are His disciples. He did not say that out doctrinal purity or superior morality is how the world will know but our love for each other is how the world will know.
How has the Church as a whole fulfilled this task?
Britney Spears has lived a rough life due to mental illness and the mistreatment of others and now she is revolting against the God she knows exist. It breaks my heart that there was not any good Christian examples in her life who can show her the true love of Christ but I know that God is good and God is just. She will be held accountable for her rebellion against Him unless she repents and places her faith in Jesus Christ. However, we as Christians need to be lifting her up in prayer and if we have the opportunity to ever run into her we need to share the love of Christ with her as we should be doing with every soul we encounter on this side of heaven.
-David Lee Chu Sarchet
Christian Mental Health Advocate