Taking a Stand on the Bus


My favorite story in today’s newspapers comes from the London Daily Mail, and it’s an inspiring story of simple courage and conviction for the sake of the Gospel.

Perhaps you’ve read about the advertising blitz by militant atheists who have paid for large signs to be painted over the buses in London (now the campaign is spreading worldwide). The message says: “There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life.”

That presented a real and job-threatening problem to 62-year-old bus driver, Ron Heather, of Southampton. Arriving at work one day, he was assigned a bus with that message blaring from end to end. “When I first saw the bus last Sunday, I was shocked,” he said. “I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face. My first reaction was horror. I’d heard about this silly campaign in London, but I had no idea it was coming to Southampton.”

Heather told the newspaper, “I was in a dilemma but I felt strongly I couldn’t drive that bus, and so I went up to my inspectors and told them there was no way I could drive it. They said they didn’t have another one, so I thought I’d better go home.”

Thankfully, Heather’s company is trying to provide other buses for him to drive. But, as he told the paper, he’s prepared to quit rather than compromise his beliefs or water down his witness for Christ.

In the wonderful, ironic providence of God, his testimony and act of courage is being reported all over the world, and even the Drudge Report has picked it up.

You can read the original story in the Daily Mail here.