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Do Not Teach Your Children About Creation

Another sad reminder that our kids’ beliefs are in danger and it could get worse.

Bill Nye, that sweet science guy, is at it again, (only worse this time) according to the following from ABC News and AP:

“…he has stepped into the debate about evolution with an online video that encourages parents who believe in creationism not to pass those beliefs on to their children. [all emphasis mine]
The star of the popular 1990s children’s TV show says he is upset by recent efforts in some states to insert promotion of creationist beliefs into science classrooms. …
The 56-year-old says that creationist beliefs are more widespread in the U.S. than in most other countries and they threaten future scientific innovation.”

Mr Nye has forgotten that most of the great scientists of past centuries (including the 20th) were religious people who believed in a Creator. Thomas Kepler said that science is man discovering what God has done.

The real threat here is Nye’s video encouraging Christian parents to keep their mouths shut concerning God’s creation of the world. Creation is a part of Christian belief because it demonstrates God’s rule over the world, and His authority and power to determine its history.

One more point he seems to miss–in this country we have the religious freedom to pass our faith on to our children.—-at least for the moment.

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Both Eyes Open

Well known atheist, speaker, documentary producer, and author, Christopher Hitchens died last year. His last book has been published and part of the description found on Amazon reads, “Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open.”

Those who gladly claim the name “atheist” (such as Mr Hitchens) and most unbelievers who find it necessary to belittle religion, sincerely think that religious people can’t see with “both eyes open.”  We Christians (although they would include those of any religious faith) are duped into believing the unbelievable. The Bible is nonsensical to the atheist, and he or she hopes to convince religious friends that faith is a rejection of fact, science, and common sense.

That could not be further from the truth. We follow a God who has left His Story for us. Most of it was written by first hand witnesses–especially the story of God’s Son. It is true that Christians do not walk by sight alone, but our faith is the most logical of paths. Can man save himself? No. Can the perfect God find a way of salvation and eternal life with Him? Yes. Is there evidence of His existence? St Paul said in Romans concerning the non-recognition of God:

“…what may be known of God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made [every part of nature], so that men are without excuse.”

In addition to the miraculous nature that surrounds us, we have God’s word–His Story–in which He reveals Himself and His nature to us.

Mr. Hitchens believed that he faced death with both eyes open, but they were focused on the unreal, not the real.  Christians walk toward the end of their lives with both eyes truly open. What will we see? As St. Stephen said as he died under the stones thrown by his enemies, “Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

As our pastors prepare to help us through “The Story”, I hope that you are already digging into the story of God and His love for us.

Sue Wilson

“Our Morality Comes From Reality”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has a new billboard ready and it honestly tells us why man’s “reason” cannot bring forth a culure that is lasting, or even “good.”

The latest billboard going up in Idaho says, “Our Morality Comes From Reality.”  Of whose reality are we speaking? Middle class and doing pretty good reality? The spouse who finds his or her spouse inadequate reality? How about the “I’m broke and have to have some money” reality?

No society can survive by allowing each person, or even a group of people, decide which reality will determine morality. The nation that is duped into thinking that its population must be reduced (China, for instance) decides that forced abortion is moral because the nation’s leaders consider over-population a reality and a threat. The person without enough money to pay the bills may decide that his reality makes it moral to steal. A man or woman unhappy in their marriage may see adultery as moral because of the reality that they perceive at home.

When man rejects God’s rules of moral behavior as non-applicable, that man and his society have no rule by which to judge morality except what is perceived as reality, and who will determine what that reality is?

No society can survive for long under the mantra of “Our Morality Comes From Reality.”  There must be a higher authoritative rule if man is to survive, let alone thrive. For the Christian, only God can determine morality because only He knows the true reality in which we live.

Sue Wilson

Are All Religions the Same?

The answer to the question posed above is Yes and No.

America is built on the constitutionality and the tradition of religious freedom. Our ancestors who first came to this land to escape religious persecution.  It is an important truth that we never forget. Toleration of one anothers’ faith is part of who we are as a people. If Muslims, Jews, or Native American faiths are subjected to restrictive laws by our government, it is a threat to all religions. That is one reason that our LCMS President, Matt Harrison, was willing to go to Washington and sit at table with Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic leaders speaking in defense of religious freedom in our country.  Just as thousands of Christians in Germany in the mid-twentieth century provided protection for the Jews, we also are obligated by Constitution and tradition to support any religion under attack. That is why part of the answer as to whether all religions are equal is Yes.

On the other hand, the answer to the question is No. This is adamantly true because Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”  Note that Jesus did not say that He is “a” way to the Father, but “the” way; “the truth;” “the life.”  There is no other, so while tolerating other religions in our midst, we do not agree with their teachings.

We are not even called to avoid contact with these other religions–for a very simple and logical reason. Our non-Christian friends may see the love of Christ through us and be drawn to Him. Our belief that He is the only way to the Father means that we cannot allow our friendship and Christian caring to pull us in the other direction.

The world will find this “Yes and No” answer hard to understand. According to the world today, tolerance must include agreement and approval, but this is a new and inaccurate definition of the word. To tolerate something means that we accept its right to exist; that we may even love the practitioner of a lifestyle or religion with which we absolutely disagree. It is a word that expresses Christian love–continuing genuine relationships with others in the hope that Christ’s love will shine through us.

Religious freedom is a tenuous thing. It can seem unending one day and gone the next. It can be real for one religion and denied another. We see both of these scenarios around the world, and each would love to invade our own country. We are right to be both the watchmen of religious freedom and watchmen of the absolute truth of the Gospel of Christ.

Sue Wilson

Building a Community of Character: Trustworthy

We are excited to start a new message series this weekend. Check out the blog post right before this one to get some background info on Character Counts and the reason why we are doing this series.

The first message in the series is on the first pillar: Trustworthy

Jesus had shown himself to be trustworthy and dependable all throughout his ministry. The centurion in Matthew 9:18-29 firmly believed that Jesus could bring his daughter back to life and the blind men believed that Jesus could restore their sight. When we put on the character of Christ we are to show ourselves to be worthy of people’s trust. Honesty and reliability should be marks of a Christian.

What would it look like in our dealings with others if we trusted everything they said? Some people would undoubtably call us foolish and naive, but can you imagine what that would look like?

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