I’m in a series right now called Relationships in the Real World. There should be a distinctively Christian way to treat people, and we’ve already talked about how God’s people should relate across the genders, how we should see children, and how we should treat people of other faiths. But what about people of no faith at all? As you surely know by now, that is the fastest-growing segment of our country today. In the old days, every town had its village atheist, who the local pastor would doggedly pursue, like Ahab hunting his white whale. But nearly everyone else was either a church member, or had an innate respect for religion. Today is different. An increasing number of our neighbors have no religious affiliation at all. They fall into a number of categories. Some grew up in religious homes, but have drifted away for a variety of reasons. They still believe intellectually, but simply don’t have any tie to organized religion. Some have no faith background at all. They come from a legacy of unbelief that is one or two generations old, or more. Most aren’t hard-core atheists, but those who are have an exponentially louder voice in society today. This means it’s very common to read articles or hear statements or see presentations on TV or the movies which question, ridicule, or even reject the core tenets of our faith. Many others may not be actively hostile to Christianity; they just never give it a thought.