An Atheist’s Call to Action (Against Me)

AN ATHEIST WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT ME entitled, “Steve Sanchez Thinks He Has the Right to Harass People About Jesus.”

His name is Bruce Gerencser and his blog bio says this: “For twenty-five years Bruce pastored Evangelical churches in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. In 2003 Bruce left the ministry and is now a secular humanist.”


I loooove when atheists criticize me then post my entire blog article on their websites, because, well, I usually write about our great Savior. This used to happen frequently when I lived in California, not so much now. He took issue with my witnessing to a witch in Walmart several months ago. Here’s an excerpt:

“Steve Sanchez is a fundamentalist Christian who thinks he has the right to witness, evangelize, proselytize, and preach to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

“You see, the Steve Sanchez’s of the world think that they are demonstrating love when they badger and harass people who have no interest in what they are selling. They are a special class of people who are not bound by the same social conventions as the rest of us. Treating others with decency and respect doesn’t apply to Steve Sanchez. He is willing to be an a——- for Jesus because his right to evangelize and preach supersedes any person’s right to personal space, even at work.”

For the most part, I agree with Bruce, except, I try to be exceedingly gracious and friendly when sharing my faith, and I shared with the Walmart witch during the time I was making a transaction with her.

adam2Bruce also gave his readers a  a call to action:

If Walmart does not have a policy in place to deal with people like Steve Sanchez then they need to implement one immediately. If they fail to do so, they run the risk of being sued by harassed workers like Courtney. Walmart has a legal obligation to provide their workers with a workplace free from egregious religious harassment.

If you would like to send Walmart and email about this, please go here. If you send Walmart an email, please mention this blog post. Also, you will need to choose a Walmart store. Search for stores in Dripping Springs, Texas and choose the first store. (it is in Austin)

Regardless of what Bruce wrote and his misinterpretation of events, the bottom line is this: Through his anti-evangelism/anti-Christian article, Christ is preached! (He posted a very evangelical cartoon by Adam Ford that accompanied my article.)

So, thank you atheists, once again!

Read Bruce’s blog account by clicking here.

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Comments (11)

  1. Ryk


    I doubt your cartoon represents the actual belief of any atheist. It certainly doesn’t reflect the views of any I have met.

    As to your witnessing to the Wiccan, I don’t think witnessing to someone while they are at work and can not safely express themselves is unfair. If you had a job and could not freely speak your beliefs without risking your livelihood and someone came into your work and began brutally mocking Christ. It is likely that you would feel threatened or at least uncomfortable. Also a person who is only listening to you because they fear getting fired is not likely to respond to any attempts at evangelism.

    That being said I don’t think a campaign of complaints to Walmart is either necessary or appropriate. Also my company frequently contracts to Walmart and the managers and associates I deal with professionally are usually a good natured humorous bunch. In all likelihood you are not a source of anxiety just a topic of gossip and ridicule among them and are alienating people who might otherwise respond to your evangelism.

  2. rufustfirefly


    Tell the truth, Steve; would you want someone of another faith to proselytize you while you were at work?

      • rufustfirefly

        But only in hopes that you’d get to do the same, right?

      • Paula

        No, you would not. It would irritate you greatly. NO atheist anywhere in the world says everything is pointless. That’s insulting and ignorant. I was a Christian for 35 years, and now I’m an atheist. How? Evolution, reading books, finding out how and by whom the bible was written. It’s contradictory. ( It’s put together by certain people in power at a certain time who just think it needed to go that way, and parts thrown out at random. Hell is added later, the trinity concept is added later, and the virgin birth is added later.
        “The Old Testament is full of clues to the existence of multiple gods. Genesis is a good place to start.

        Then [Elohim] said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).

        We also see plural gods when Jehovah warns them that man mustn’t eat the tree of life (Gen. 3:22) and that they must confuse mankind’s languages lest their projects, like the Tower of Babel, succeed (Gen. 11:7).

        A common Christian spin is either to say that the “us” is the Trinity or that it is a heavenly assembly of angels. But can we imagine that the original audience for Genesis would understand the Trinity? And why imagine an angelic assembly when the polytheistic interpretation of Genesis simply growing out of preceding Canaanite culture is available and plausible?

        Psalms is another old book that has fossilized the earliest forms of Judaism. We see the assembly of the gods mentioned several times.

        [Elohim] stands in the assembly of El; in the midst of the gods he renders judgment (Ps. 82:1).

        For who in the skies can compare to [Jehovah]? Who is like [Jehovah] among the [sons of God], a God who is honored [in the great assembly of the holy ones], and more awesome than all who surround him? (Ps. 89:6–7)”
        You can’t use the bible as proof of the bible, and by the way, did you know that GOD commanded abortion in Numbers 5 because he was too stupid to figure out if that baby was the husband’s or illegitimate? You need to study what atheists believe. Whether I believe in a god is such a tiny corner of my mind.

  3. Warren Schacher


    If those who die without repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ do indeed end up in hell, then to not reach out to them is the epitome of hate and gross negligence. If we are to owe no one anything except to love one another, than the most loving thing we could ever do is to warn them and to plead with them to think about where they will spend eternity. Since people go to hell for breaking any of the Ten Commandments in thought word or deed, telling those we meet anytime and anywhere is the right thing to do.

    • rufustfirefly


      You assume no one has ever heard it before. You don’t ask. But of course, no one has ever heard you talk about it before; you’re special.

  4. Ryk


    to Warren. While I understand that your beliefs indicate you should share your belief with others in hopes of saving them from the damnation you suppose exists, I also see that doing so in a manner that predisposes them to reject your doctrine is counterproductive and could in fact lead them towards the damnation you hope to save them from. If you truly wish to save your fellow man from your imagined hell it would behoove you to do so in a manner that effectively serves such a purpose rather than one which acts contrary to your intent.

  5. Warren Schacher


    Absolutely Ryk. With love and compassion:

    Jde 1:22
    And on some have compassion, making a distinction

    Jde 1:23
    but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

    As we are ambassadors for Christ, we want to represent Him well. Those who believe in Him are not condemned but those who do not believe are condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. They are in a state of condemnation and God’s wrath abides on them; that is why they need the Savior. It is a serious matter and we realize that souls are at stake; none of us want to drive a soul further into the pit of hell.

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