Letter to the Editor:

In his May 15 “Letter to the Editor,” Jeff Laadt, a “proud and unapologetic atheist,” ponders the possibility of an atheist becoming our president. 

I, as a Christian, would ordinarily be opposed to this. 

But in some cases, I would favor the atheistic candidate if his values and philosophy of government coincided with mine more than the positions of his opponent did. 

We have had too many so-called persons of faith serving in government that have let us down. They reflect some of our mainline churches that are straying from biblical values. 

Jesus rebuked the church in Laodicea for their failings. “I know your works. You are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16.

There are many atheists who embrace a general moral code similar to what we find in the Bible. 

Mr. Laadt refers to brilliant figures from the past such as Thomas Edison that were atheists. Of course, many gifted people of the past and present were and are believers. Some people are quite intelligent in their areas of expertise, but incompetent in others. 

So it is in the area of theology. “The fool says in his heart ‘There is no God.’ ” Psalm 14:1. 

Science teaches us that the universe had a beginning. Therefore, common sense, as well as the kalam cosmological argument, re­mind us that there must be a cause. “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1.

Many Christians from liberal churches running for office today do not believe in the sanctity of human life or in the biblical guidelines for sexuality. I would vote against them in favor of an atheist whose moral stance saw the goodness in respecting these important guidelines. 

The greatest weakness of an atheistic president would be his or her neglect of personal prayer on a regular basis. Many of our presidents knew how desperately they needed to pray. The presidency is too big for one person. Franklin D. Roosevelt was rather open about his communications with God. He is famous for praying for the nation June 6, 1944, a broadcast on radio for Americans to hear.

All of our presidents need our prayers because they are flawed sinners like the rest of us. It is not enough to just believe that God exists. He wants a personal relationship with us, but our sins must be washed away. 

Jesus paid the price for our redemption on the cross. We must accept this free gift. “Jesus said to him ‘I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.’ ” John 14:6.

Warren Anderson

Conover