On March 12, 2019, atheist Hemant Mehta spoke at the DuPage County Illinois Board meeting by telling attendees, “You are the higher powers you’ve been looking for…we ask you to use your time to deliberate and debate, not pray and prostrate.”
I find his words interesting for several reasons. Firstly, he used his time to do the very thing atheists have accused Christians of doing for years; he asked civic leaders to make a specific choice regarding a religious activity. Most governments forbid Christians from telling others they should pray; they are only allowed to pray with those who wish to do so before making important decisions. When a Christian strays outside of the rules on this, they are quickly condemned by anti-theist. So why, outside of special pleading, would the very first atheist to give an invocation at this board do this?
Secondly, telling people they are the higher power is self-contradictory. We cannot be higher than ourselves. The scripture is full of warnings not to have a swollen ego. Romans tells us, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement…” When one starts to believe they are a higher power, they begin to see others as insignificant. A swollen self-image led engineers and company owners to be overconfident that the Titanic could not sink; something that led to the well-known disaster.
When one considers the grandeur of the universe, how could anyone conclude that we are the higher power of the cosmos? I think that position is held by God.
What are your thoughts?