Monthly Archives: August 2012

Am I a Fool For Believing in Creationism?

I can still remember sitting in my middle school science room as a short and awkward kid watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” We loved it (mostly because in middle school you were excited any time you could watch a video instead of listening to a lecture). However, as a Christian I had to listen carefully. Not everything that he said was something I agreed with. This became even more evident this week.

Bill Nye recently released a video for “Big Think” on YouTube in which he expresses the need for our country to let go of Creationism and accept the reliability of Evolution. He even went on to say that if grown-ups “want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems.” In other words, those who believe that God created the world are foolish and need to wake up.

I’m not writing this blog so that Christians will post hateful things about Bill Nye. That’s certainly not what Christians are called to do. Remember that he’s not alone in what he believes.

I’m also not writing this to start an argument with those who disagree (though I would love to have the opportunity to sit down with those individuals and have a respectful conversation about it*). Those types of arguments too often go around in circles and never result in anything positive.

Instead, I’m simply writing this article to reassure those who are Christians that there is nothing foolish about believing in a God who created the world. Here’s why:

The universe had to come from somewhere.

As a Christian, this idea has always been my anchor for believing in God. Even in moments when I found myself questioning my belief system, this principle helped pull me back. The truth is, our universe had to have come from somewhere. The only two options are that it has always existed or at some point it came into existence. Since we know that matter can’t be eternal (even scientists recognize this with the Second Law of Thermodynamics), the universe must have a beginning. My question is this: Is it more reasonable to believe that the universe (or whatever Evolutionists would say came before our universe) just popped into existence, ignoring the Law of Cause and Effect, or that there is a God who created the universe? Some may try to convince you that believing God created the universe is like believing in magic. I, on the other hand, cannot think of anything more magical than an entire universe popping into existence with nothing causing it to do so. To me, that’s not foolish. That’s using reason.

I know there are many other reasons for believing in God as a Creator. However, I believe this one alone is enough to show that we as Christians are not ignorant fools. We can reason as well.

*If you disagree, I would love to spend some time talking with you about it. Rather than commenting on the blog (I’ve never known any issue to be resolved via the comments section), please email me at jbroberts1986@gmail.com. It won’t be a me vs. you kind of conversation. Let’s just look at the facts together. I enter every conversation with an open mind and heart. I just ask you’ll do the same.

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What’s In It For Me?

A large majority of the decisions we make each day are determined by what’s best for us. We pick a certain restaurant because we like the food. We choose to wear a particular outfit because it’s the style we like. Whether we’re choosing a movie to go see, a vacation spot for our family or what channel to stop on when we’re watching television, our own preference tends to be what sways us one way or the other. It’s no surprise, then, that we often take a similar approach when we gather together with other Christians. Think of these examples:

– Do we choose a church home because we think it’s a place where we can make a positive impact of because it has the programs, preacher and people that we like?

– Do we decide to attend (or not to attend) Bible study on Wednesday night because of how it may encourage (or discourage) others or because we think it will benefit us?

– Do we determine whether a time of fellowship was successful by the impact it had on others or by our own enjoyment?

– Do we think a time of worship is unsuccessful because it failed to please God and uplift others or because it was what we prefer when it comes to worship?

These are all areas where we can tend to focus inwardly rather than outwardly when it comes to being together with the family of God. It’s so easy to focus on self. However, think of how the Christians were in the first century. In Acts 2:42-47 we can read about their attitudes. Verse 45 tells us that they were selling their possessions so that they could give to those in need. These were people that were outwardly focused. They wanted to do whatever they could to help, encourage and uplift their fellow Christians. Shouldn’t that be our same goal within the church today?

Here’s something we can try that I think will help us shift from an inward view to an outward view when we gather together. The next time you gather with fellow Christians (whether for worship service, Bible class, for fellowship, etc.), take a few minutes to look around. Who’s not there that usually is there? Unfortunately, we are so inwardly focused at times that we don’t even recognize when certain individuals have been gone for weeks. After you notice who’s missing, take some time during the week to encourage those individuals. Maybe it’s a phone call to make sure things are going well. Perhaps you can send an email to check in on them. Don’t make them feel like you’re the attendance police. Help them see that you noticed they were gone and wanted to make sure nothing serious was going on. Hopefully in time that practice will help us to focus more on what we can do for our brothers and sisters and less on our own personal preferences.

Interestingly enough, the more we focus on others and help them grow, the more we will find ourselves growing. Funny how that works.


My Online Diary

I had to think very carefully before writing this blog post because I didn’t want it to turn into a rant. The truth is, this is an issue that I need to work on just as much as the next person. I still think it needs to be said though.

Do we ever think about how what we say and do affects other people’s souls?

Social media has become unbelievably popular over the past five years. It seems like just about everyone I know either has a Facebook or Twitter account. Why not? It’s a great way to stay connected with friends and to keep up with the world around us. In fact, as I’ve stated in an earlier post, these social media outlets can serve as a great way to reach out those who do not know Christ. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that these very same resources, when used incorrectly, can have the exact opposite results.

Far too many times we treat our Facebook and Twitter accounts as our own private diary. We post statuses and tweet messages as if we are writing in a personal journal that we’ll slide right back under our pillow. The problem is, they aren’t private at all. Every one of our friends and sometimes even the whole world can see what we post online. Perhaps it’s the fact that we can hide behind a computer to say these things and not have to say them to someone’s face that makes us more comfortable. Perhaps some of us just don’t care.

As Christians, we need to be mindful not only of what we say online but how we say it (the same should go for the way we speak when we’re not online). We need to remember that these online resources might be our only contact with non-Christians that we know. Are the things we post online encouraging them to dig deeper for the truth or causing them to slam the door on us? Even a post that is biblically true can be harmful if it’s said in the wrong way. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the verse from Ephesians 4:15 which tells us to speak the truth in love. The same should be true when we share truth on Facebook or Twitter.

An excellent example can be seen right now with the build up to the presidential race later this year. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to politics and social media tends to be the place most people turn to share their opinions. I have no problem with that (and I don’t think God does either) as long as we are doing so in a respectful way. However, when we start bashing a political candidate in a slanderous way or when we begin to say hateful things about those who have a different opinion, there is no benefit. Those that agree will simply “like” or “re-tweet” while it will push those who disagree further away. Nothing is accomplished that way. Instead, we need to share our thoughts in a loving and respectful way.

When individuals reject the message of Christ because of what it says, the fault is not our own. If, however, people are rejecting the message because we continue to throw it at them in a hurtful and unloving way, I believe God will hold us accountable for that. So, each time you post a comment, share a post or re-tweet someone else’s thoughts, make sure you think about it first. Don’t only ask yourself whether the statement is true. Ask yourself whether posting it will show the lost that we love them and care for their souls. If it doesn’t, find another way to say it. You’re not the only one who will see what you post or share.