The Culture War over Origins

Before I begin, let me emphat­i­cal­ly state that I love the Book of Gen­e­sis, and whole­heart­ed­ly believe its rev­e­la­tion of a six day long cre­ation process by God Him­self, to the exclu­sion of mol­e­cule-to-man evo­lu­tion­ary processes.

I also love the min­istry of Answers in Gen­e­sis, and look for­ward to vis­it­ing their Cre­ation Muse­um as often as time per­mits as it is being built less than two hours from my home­town.

How­ev­er, in the arti­cle “A Grow­ing Grass­roots Move­ment,” I believe that Ken Ham has got­ten it wrong.

In it he high­lights the fact that fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tians are becom­ing a grow­ing force in Amer­i­ca, to the point that the clash of cul­tures between them and the sec­u­lar­ists could be described as a “cul­ture war.” 

Ham makes note that the sec­u­lar­ists want free­dom from the fundamentalists–those who stand for Cre­ation­ism, the pub­lic dis­play of the Ten Com­mand­ments, the right-to-life (specif­i­cal­ly in regards to the Ter­ry Schi­a­vo case), etc. He states, “The mes­sage of the car­toon is that the sec­u­lar human­ists want free­dom from Chris­t­ian morality–and Chris­tian­i­ty as a whole.

“ ‘Cre­ation­ism’ is one of the three items list­ed, an indi­ca­tion of how sec­u­lar human­ists see groups like AiG as a major threat … and want free­dom from them.”

How can we share the Gospel with a peo­ple that we are chas­ing off? I don’t recall Paul, John, or even the Christ work­ing up a grass­roots move­ment to impose Chris­t­ian moral­i­ty upon pagan Rome. Far from it!

Jesus and the Apos­tles worked to refine believ­ers, to get “the world” out of them. They did not work to get “the world” out of “the world.” You can­not make a pig sing an opera any­more than you can get the lost to accept and desire Chris­t­ian moral­i­ty. First, the pig must be changed; first, those of the world must be changed.

I have zero prob­lems with Cre­ation­ism min­istries work­ing toward edu­cat­ing believ­ers and affirm­ing their faith, strength­en­ing them in the knowl­edge of Christ and His work. How­ev­er, it is sense­less and time-wast­ing to enforce that edu­ca­tion upon those who have no basis for believ­ing it. That’s right, evo­lu­tion­ary teach­ings belong in the schools. A lost child has no rea­son to believe Gen­e­sis, nor should we work to make it manda­to­ry if the par­ents do not want it. The lost child is respon­si­ble to their par­ents (the fifth com­mand­ment), not to Cre­ation ministries.

If only as much effort was spent lov­ing the lost and shar­ing with them the Evan­gel as was spent work­ing to force them into our molds, then we would see a true change. That is how ear­ly Chris­tian­i­ty spread. And that is how it must still be spread today.

“The cul­ture wars” that Ken Ham and oth­ers claim we are a part of only results in our pearls being cast before swine. We are to preach the Gospel to them first; that is our respon­si­bil­i­ty. And like it or not, the Gospel mes­sage does not include leg­is­lat­ed Cre­ation­ism, banned homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, and so on.

To the Lost

If you are read­ing this and you are an unbe­liev­er (i.e., do not believe in Jesus Christ as your Sav­ior), I apol­o­gize on behalf of my brethren who would like to see their beliefs (for lack of a bet­ter word) forced upon you. Jesus’ mes­sage is one of love, and that must be our mes­sage as well. If you con­fess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9, paraphrased).

Don’t wor­ry about homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, evo­lu­tion, euthana­sia, war, or any­thing else. You have your entire life still to wor­ry about the details. How­ev­er, today is the day of sal­va­tion (see 2 Corinthi­ans 6:2). If you don’t get anoth­er chance to make a deci­sion con­cern­ing any­thing else in the world, your eter­nal fate is not affect­ed. How­ev­er, your fate hinges upon the deci­sion you make right now for Christ. Sim­ply believe.

To the Saved

Focus on what’s impor­tant with regards to the lost. Make evan­ge­lism the pri­ma­ry goal of your life. Read the Great Com­mis­sion over and over again until the mes­sage you are to preach is clear in your mind. Then go out and preach it, keep­ing love first and fore­most. Hate­ful atti­tudes and intol­er­ance amongst Chris­tians is destroy­ing the work of those who are sim­ply try­ing to preach the Gospel.

I also rec­om­mend tak­ing some time at The Pur­pose to fel­low­ship with oth­ers who are ded­i­cat­ed to evangelism.


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