I don’t have any enemies in the sense that there is anyone that wants to kill me or me them. I can’t even think of anyone I hate and I have never wished anyone dead. Yet, I do have enemies in the Faith – those who do wish my belief in God was dead – occasionally those who wish I were dead. I class most of them under the name of Atheist.
I think the first real Atheist I overtly encountered in my studies was Carl Sagan whose books I devoured and reread many times. I loved his presentation of science but eventually he turned science priest and advocated that all men should dispose of their religious propensities. Others that identified with his prescriptions (or he with theirs) was Christopher Hitchens, Dawkins, Sam Harris, Danial Dennett, and lots of atheistic scientists, philosophers, celebrities, materialists, et al. They are the only real enemies I have.
So I have sometimes imagined how they would (will) react when falling into the hands of God. I have pictured the shock of surprise and confusion on their faces when they “wake up” after they have died to the presence of something rather than nothing. I even have felt some glee and sense of justified revenge. For that, I am sorry.
Now I have decided that my proper response is not to even pity them, but to pray for them – those who are still alive, that they may come to know the confidence of belief in an invisible but loving God, and for those who passed on, that God may still forgive and comfort them in their separation from the Creator and His kingdom.
There have been many famous personages who have converted from atheism to theism and Christianity. I am thinking of CS Lewis, Francis Collins, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Antony Flew, and others. So it is possible for a Dawkins or Harris to refute their unbelief and that is what I want to pray for now. I pray that some critical event will take place in these peoples lives that will allow them to question their passionate distaste for what they perceive as an irrational trust in a divine and all-knowing watchmaker. I pray that God will intervene in their lives and use them to bless a world that is quickly turning away from Him in great numbers. After all, we are all relatives at some point in our ancestry and eternity will be a great opportunity to get to know our missing family members better.