How Do You Approach Atheists? Or SHOULD You?

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” Matt 16:17

Now, you’re probably thinking, “this guy loves atheists?”  Yes, that’s exactly right.  You see, I was one at one time.  I had no desire for God.  I had no proof of His existence.  I didn’t even think about Him.  That was, until I hit rock bottom.  When I reached a crisis in my life, I started questioning why I even existed.  What’s the point of living?  I contemplated suicide.  Then I heard an old Southern Baptist preacher, whose name unfortunately escapes me, mention that you have a purpose in life.  God created you for a reason.  I had never thought of my existing for a purpose.  Do you mean my head was meant for more than a hat rack?  Incredibly yes!

When I share the gospel, I am not afraid to talk to atheists, agnostics, or evolutionists.  When I see them and speak to them, I just think back on my life prior to Christ and realize, “there go I but by the grace of God.”  I am no better than they are.  I was no more worthy to be called a child of God than they are. The only reason that I have placed my trust in Christ is because He called me.  My own flesh and blood didn’t make me realize who Christ was, it was the Father.  Here is my answer for why He called me and not others….”I don’t know!” There was nothing in me worthy.  I had no special abilities.  I was not a sensitive, tender-hearted person who God thought, “Hey, he’d make a mighty fine Christian.”  God did not look down from heaven and think, “We gotta save this one. He‘s something special.“  No, not at all.  I still consider myself unworthy.  Incredibly, I went from disaster to pastor.  I was the weakest link in my family, in my class in school, at my places of work.  I would have been the last one that I would have chosen.  It’s exactly as Paul said, “But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man” (Gal 1:15-16).


So the next time you see someone who is an unbeliever, think in your heart, “that could have been me.”  Why did God call me and not them? I have no clue at all.  That’s why I love witness to those who have no desire, no passion, and no hunger for God.  Because… that was me!  But, here I am and only by the grace of God.

Pastor Jack Wellman is a father and grandfather and a Christian author, freelance writer, and pastor at the Mulvane (KS) Brethren church in Mulvane, Kansas. Jack has attended Southern California Seminary hoping to complete his masters at Moody Bible Institute. His books are inexpensive paperbacks that are theological in nature: Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children, Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?, Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?: Empirical Methodologies and the Bible and The Great Omission. He's also a writer at What Christians Want To Know. To read more, follow WCWTK on Facebook for daily Christian encouragement.