Here’s something I just read from a guy who’s cashing in big from promoting himself as a former Christian (it’s all the rage - don’t you know?) now turned atheist. He’s speaking about the benefits of no longer being on team Christian. Actually he was a Captain on Team Christian; not much of a Captain but a Captain nevertheless.
“[Since joining team atheist] I don’t have to try to justify what I do from the Bible. I don’t have to try to justify why I never tithed the whole ten percent (Christians do not do this by far–as a former minister I know they don’t), or why I never spent enough time in prayer, or why I did not give thanks for everything, or why I did not evangelize all of the time, or why I didn’t do more in response to my belief that God sent his son to atone for my sins.”
It really does sound like he’s a lot better off now that he’s left the fold. So are a lot of other people, I suspect. It’s a little bit like saying, "Since I quit playing hockey, I no longer have to justify coming late for practice more than anyone else on the team. I don’t have to lie to the coach anymore about why I couldn’t meet curfew. I don’t have to endure the looks of my teammates for staying out of the corners to avoid being hurt. I don’t have to feel angry about having to go to the gym to stay in shape (especially when I know not everybody on the team went to the gym like they were supposed to). And I really don’t have to feel guilty for smoking dope every day ‘cause it made me short of breath. The good thing about leaving hockey is that I don’t have to conform any longer to all those stupid expectations that teams seem to have. I can do whatever I want. I’m free. I’m really, free. Do you know anybody who wants to buy a used pastor, I mean used hockey equipment?"
Oh, and if the book deals don’t pan out, I hear they’re hiring atheist pastors in the Netherlands.