My Friend's an Atheist
Q. A friend of mine says he used to be a Christian, but now he's an atheist. He's very intelligent and talented, and I think he could do great things for Christ. I've felt a calling from God to help him, but whenever I try to witness to him, he just laughs me off. Is there any way I can bring him back around?
A. I appreciate your true desire to help your friend with a more important decision than he can even imagine. The vast majority of people are brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and belief in God through the friendship and influence of another person. Almost 90 percent of people in a recent poll said that they became Christians because of a relationship with an important person in their life.
You may think your friend is "laughing you off," but he's probably watching you and other Christians to see how they respond to him. Respond with love and grace. Be prepared to give him an answer from the Bible if he has questions or challenges your beliefs. There are several great intellectual books from a Christian point of view that might influence your friend. I like C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ. Your friend may be lost, but he can be found. God cares deeply about his soul. Your job is to pray for your friend, show love and grace to him, and then look for the right moments to remind him that God is alive!