Richard Dawkins believes that the evidence for evolution is “at least as strong as the evidence for the Holocaust, even allowing for eye witnesses to the Holocaust.” (!) I disagree. Apparently (and according to Dawkins) this makes me insane, deluded, intellectually perverse, and unintelligent. I am in good company: No less than 40 percent of Americans deny that human beings evolved from lower animals and instead believe God created the cosmos in general and human beings in particular.
I’m not a math-head, but I was thinking: 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. Being generous and assuming that the 40% who reject Darwin’s theory and believe in Intelligent Design are part of the 83%, then 43% of American Christians think their distant cousins are bananas and turnips (Dawkins vegetable reference, not mine).
I will not use this forum to start heated debate about Dawkins own sanity (but if you are a 40-percenter and want an eye-opener, start with Al Mohler’s blog on Dawkin’s book, The Greatest Show on Earth, it’s an important read. The blog, not the book.) However, I do wonder how far the belief in the theory of evolution has crept into our hearts, causing us to not even bat an eyelash when evolutionary evangelists like Dawkins, or professors, or kindergarten teachers, or Discovery Channel writers, nonchalantly use evolutionary verbiage as fact. Maybe we don’t even think about it. Maybe we don’t care or believe it matters one way or the other. Maybe we are raising our children to not care either. Does it matter to the heart of God?
“He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them ‘Mankind’ when they were created.”
“Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?”
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
“It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.”
When is the last time you created something that turned out good? Written something, painted something, cooked something, sewn something, built something, planted something and nurtured it and watched it grow? Didn’t it give you pleasure? Weren’t you pleased with it? What if someone to whom you showed your creation denied that you did it? Ascribed your work to someone or something else, or worse yet, said it was all by chance? I know, that’s silly, but isn’t that what Darwin-followers do?
“How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, ‘He didn’t make me’? Does a jar ever say, ‘The potter who made me is stupid’?”
I wonder how that makes God feel. The Creator of the universe doesn’t have self-esteem issues or an ego that needs boosting, nor is He depressed because the majority of His creation disses His work, HE IS GOD. But certainly He deserves the awe, the deep appreciation, the rightful praise and humble and sincere worship from those He created with great love, purpose and care. As an American Christian I am challenged to greater awareness of anything less in my heart.
I’ll leave you with a video: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”