Just recently, I was cruising through my TV channels and came across one of those man-on-the-street interviews. As I tuned in, the interviewer was talking with a younger couple, and was expressing his thoughts about the possibility of considering an “intelligent designer” as responsible for all the complexities of life all around us. You could tell the couple was being polite (after all they knew they were being filmed!) but they also had this strangely pedantic look on their faces. You could almost read their thoughts… “Oh! You are talking about God! What a strange thing to believe in our modern day. How could anyone with any intelligence even consider such utter nonsense in our enlightened age!”
When the couple could stand it no longer, the young man interrupted the interviewer with the simple statement: “Oh, we believe everything happened by evolution.” The look on his face said: “There, that settles the matter!”
In spite of the facts, and reasonable considerations, the interviewer was bringing up, the young couple seemed unmoved and disinterested. You could just see that, for them, origins by evolution was a fact. And nobody with half a brain would even consider debating the issue – let alone bring up the issue of something so outdated as…God.
For the young couple, evolution was true. It was what they believed – without so much as a second thought.
This is not surprising. Our public schools have been teaching evolution as fact for nearly two generations now. From our highest-level academic institutions on down – origins by evolution is taught as true. The utter lack of proof does not seem to matter – when something is repeated often enough (especially by those whom we consider learned and intelligent) it is most always accepted by others. After all, no one questions what everyone accepts is true.
But that’s not the worst part. The real results of evolutionary teaching is that a divine being (and anything attached to Him) becomes largely irrelevant. If you can explain the beginning of all things without God, then why in the world do you need God? Everything that God supposedly has to say (as in the Bible) becomes a matter of religious faith – totally detached from what matters to most people, in our day and age.
What the acceptance of evolutionary theory has bought us is humanism. Humanism is mankind, in the center of all things (God is okay… as long as you make Him secondary and optional). The worst part of humanism is that it eliminates the necessity of absolute truth. Truth, in humanism, is in the eye (and mind) of the beholder – and quickly changes as a society changes, and opinions shift. There is no longer a set standard by which all thoughts and actions should be measured. Each person does what is right in his or her own eyes. Moral choices and behaviors are determined (and judged) by what society deems is acceptable. The only thing that becomes unacceptable, in a humanistic society, is anyone who believes in an absolute truth (standards determined by Someone beyond us, Who is wiser than us). Isn’t it interesting that in a “tolerant” society, the only ones not to be tolerated are those who hold to God’s standards of truth and morality?! In humanism, God is the enemy of human opinion – so He (and all His proponents) must be silenced and pushed aside. This is exactly what we have seen in our schools, in our courts, and in our public places.
But does the truth really matter? Isn’t more important that we be accepting of all people, no matter our vast differences?
That all depends upon the consequences.
If, for instance, you believe that swallowing dirt is good for you, I might think you are strange (in what you believe) but dirt is probably not going to kill you. I’m probably not going to expend too much energy in trying to sway your view.
If, on the other hand, you believe that swallowing cyanide is good for you, I would feel obligated to do everything in my power to keep you from ingesting it. Cyanide will kill you. That is a truth that exists beyond what you think – even if you are passionate and sincere in your belief. Even if you feel judged for my adamant measures to keep you alive.
The consequences of pushing the truth of God aside damage and destroy cultures. Every society, in all of history, that has rejected the standards of the Creator-God has been destroyed (mostly from within!). Whenever man thinks He has a better idea on how to do things – chaos and destruction is certain to come! That is also a fact.
We may think that we are advanced or enlightened or progressive when we reject the authority of God’s truth, but there will be consequences for taking this path. This is what the God of truth has promised us. He even warned us: “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth... they (are) futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts (are) darkened. Claiming to be wise, they (become) fools… (exchanging) the truth about God for a lie…” (from Romans 1:18-25) One would be hard-pressed to find a more accurate description of our culture!
My heart is sad when I think of that young couple in the on-the-street interview. They seemed so sincere, so confident, so sure. Yet, according to the God of truth, their view of truth has such dire consequences.
One more thought: It does no good to be angry at the way people think these days. Their thinking will not be changed by confrontation, or even quoting the truth at them. The only way to change a culture is from the inside-out. And the only way to do that is to really and truly love them where they are – just as Jesus showed us!
And that is a truth that all Christians should be living!