I write articles for Examiner.com as the Sioux Falls Atheism Examiner. I have taken my inspiration for many of my articles from Billy Graham's column "My Answer". The column is published in my local paper six days a week. I have frequently been asked the question used as the title of this blog.
One the one hand, Billy sets himself up as a target. He is presented as one of the great religious leaders of our time and he is touted for meeting with and praying with many political leaders. I love taking some of the wind from his sails.
On the other hand, Billy's columns are filled with generic Christian evangelism and simplistic answers to difficult questions. A family asks what to do with a college student now professing lack of belief or some other significant issue. Billy says pray and read the Bible and so on.
In one of my recent articles, I agreed with Billy about reading the Bible. I disagreed about where to start. Billy said start with Psalms or the Gospel of John. Something easy to understand, he said.
I said read the Bible from page one. Read about the cruel and jealous God of the Hebrews, the God that drowned his own creation rather than fixing it, the God that condones slavery, murder, and child sacrifice, the God that ordered genocide, and the God that forbids planting intermixed crops or clothing of two different fibers!
I don't feel I am picking on Billy; I am glad for his column as it gives me inspiration.