Pastor's Corner

10 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

A buzzword is a word or phrase, new or already existing, that becomes very popular for a period of time. Buzzwords often derive from technical terms yet often have much of the original technical meaning removed through fashionable use, being simply used to impress others.    We have seen our fair share of these terms over the past few years but “conspiracy theory” is my new favorite.  A conspiracy theory is an explanation for an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy by sinister and powerful groups, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable. The term has a negative connotation, implying that the appeal to a conspiracy is based on prejudice or insufficient evidence.

In today’s world, when someone disagrees with another’s ideas or thoughts, instead of expressing a differing view point he or she cries “conspiracy theory!”  It’s a huge umbrella term that requires no explanation because the media has green lit it as catchall phrase for all things conservative, patriotic, American and mainly Christian. The latest victim to fall prey to this group is the subject of Creationism.  Paul Braterman, professor emeritus in Chemistry at the university of Glasgow has penned an article he titles: “Why Creationism Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory.” Braterman describes himself as a “skeptic” and “anti-creationist” so his theories should come as no surprise to those who follow these subjects. In his piece he cites a 2019 Gallup Poll which shows that 40 percent of Americans hold to a creationist view in which they affirm that God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, “within roughly the past 10,000 years.” In response he writes, “Such beliefs derive from the doctrine of biblical infallibility, long accepted as integral to the faith of numerous evangelical and Baptist churches through the world but I would argue that the present-day creationist movement is a fully-fledged conspiracy theory.” 

It’s sad because he then goes on to use this statement to imply that anyone who believes that there is a Creator behind it all pushes a conspiracy theory and ignores science. Observing the beauty and order of nature and the universe and then to say it all happened by chance is laughable, but that is the agenda they push.  To take it a step further, those that believe as Braterman does, will produce nature documentaries like “Planet Earth,” “Blue Planet,” and most recently, “A Perfect Planet,” using modern videography to display creation in detail and majesty. We see creatures soaring through the sky, or streaking through the deep, or thundering over the savannah exhibiting power, beauty, and unmistakable purpose. They hire other atheists like David Attenborough and Morgan Freeman to supply their grandfatherly narration along with moving musical scores that put our senses in awe. These same individuals then go on to declare that all of this glory lacks purpose, or that it arose by chance and natural selection, and that none of it bears witness to any meaning or Mind beyond itself. This dichotomy of logic is thrust upon the public as facts that must be blindly accepted and if not, then you are no better than a terrorist. 

It is the continued indoctrination of these self-conflicting views that is causing such division in our world.  Rationally minded people are thinking for themselves and reject the entirety of the only two views presented.  We live in an “us or them” world. You must pick a side, both with narrow views, but don’t ask questions.  And, by the way, both sides have the right to change the rules of their view at any time and your continued allegiance is demanded. Someone with any level of intelligence cannot follow this logic for long without cracking.  We can’t even agree on the meaning of terms.  

John Stonestreet & David Carlson put it this way: “Take for example our culture’s demand for justice: social justice, economic justice, LGBTQ justice, environmental justice, racial justice, even “reproductive justice.” At the same time, it’s not always clear what is meant by justice. Too often, demands for justice are undergirded by radical and idiosyncratic about right and wrong, about fairness, about the human person, and—thanks to the wide application of critical theory—about power dynamics. Demands for justice may be getting louder and louder, but that doesn’t mean we are making progress as a society. The only worldview framework solid enough to ground human dignity and justice in human history is Christianity. True justice is a matter of honoring God and honoring the image of God inherent in every human person, and is grounded in God’s love for humanity, our love of God, and our love of neighbor. Too many Christians, rightly concerned by words like “justice” and “social justice” being wrongly used, have abandoned them altogether.”

In the fog of confusion, people can regress into anger and violence. As Christians we cannot allow the world to win this battle of words.  Words have powerful meanings and the wrong worldviews are being brought into the Church and culture through these words, but we must not abandon ideas and meanings that belong to God. Your worldview will determine the source of the conclusions you come to in life.  You can get your information from the original source or you can accept a view that has been distorted by the fallacies brought on by the human struggle apart from God.  Ask yourself, “do these people and their views really have my best interest in mind, or are they working for their own interests and the agenda they are pushing?”  Source material will give you all the information you want to know.  

“Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”  Matthew 7:12 

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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