"Should Christians Reject Evolution?"

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In recent years, our nation has frequently found itself embroiled in the midst of one social upheaval after another. Those incidents have been over many diverse and moral issues like: Abortion on demand, Homosexual marriage, the wars in the Middle-East, and in particular, Parental Choice over Public Charter Schools, Homeschool, School Vouchers, Private Education and numerous other conflicts within public education (Common-Core curriculum, etc.).

In regard to the latter, these conflicts revolve around the obvious failures and ongoing debates with evangelicals over the proper interpretation of the first amendment and its application in the public school curriculum. Our concern today is with the latter. That is, with whether or not our nation’s founding documents allow for the teaching of both Creation and Evolution, alongside one another, in our government schools (e.g. in previous years, the Kansas State board of education battle). That this is even an issue to be debated, reveals the grievous failure of the modern-day evangelical church in America to unify around the original meaning of the Scriptures and to be both salt and light to our sin-decaying world (Matthew 5:13-16). Instead, the evangelical church has collectively been fragmented regarding the plain reading of Genesis 1:1-2:3. In fact, most evangelical pulpits have been tip-toeing for years around embracing a literal Six-Day Creation interpretation of this pivotal passage of Scripture. Such fancy footwork has led them to compromise God’s Word by their acceptance of various unscriptural views of the origin of our universe. These views are: Theistic Evolution (God created the ingredients, but evolution finished the rest); The Progressive Creationist / Day-Age Theory (A mixture of both misguided-theology and secular science), The Documentary Hypothesis Theory (or sometimes better-known as the J,E,P,D Redactor/Editor Theory of the authorship of the Pentateuch [The first five books of the Old Testament]), and The Framework Hypothesis Theory (which teaches that the six days of creation were normal solar days, but the total picture of God completing His creative work in a week of days is not to be taken literally). However, the real and final question is, what do the Scriptures say? Answer: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); “Forever, O Lord, your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89); “For by him [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16); and “by faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3). Hmmm... I conclude this brief study with the wise words of an old comedian: “There is a terrible lot of us who don’t think that we come from a monkey, but if there are some people who think that they do, why, it’s not our business to rob them of what little pleasure they might get out of imagining it.” – Will Rogers

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