Last night my husband, his best friend, and I all watched the Creation Debate featuring Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Ken Ham (Creation Museum/Answers in Genesis). Last night’s debate was a spectacle. One blogger (click to see his article) compared it to Ken Ham having invited some friends (Nye, Naturalists) over to his house (the Creation Museum) to play football, but when Ken showed up to play his 2 hour game, he only had a tennis racquet and tennis ball with him. My view is this: both tennis and football are great fun, but you can’t play them at the same time on the same field. You’ve got to pick! A debate on the viable model of origins could be fantastic but you’ve got to agree on the playing field. And if that playing field is empirical evidence and scientific research? Wonderful. You’ve got yourself an interesting debate.
No matter what side of the debate you fell on (or if you fell in the middle like a lot of people) there’s almost no chance you haven’t at least heard about it. Maybe thought about it, had a conversation. Debates are not meant to find the one absolute answer to a question; they are meant to provoke thought and conversation. My twitter was exploding last night during the broadcast. People were thinking, fighting, wrestling, joking, etc…but most importantly, they were listening and responding.
So even though I felt that both sides could have drastically improved their arguments and evidence, I think the people of the world are the ones who won. We were invited into a conversation about origins, philosophy, and the meaning of life.
And as a Christian…
That’s incredibly exciting.
This debate opened up ears, hearts, and minds to something new. This debate allowed millions of people to share the hope of Christ with their friends and families.
Which brings me to today’s verse:
THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION TO ALL
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written,“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Ham’s whole argument centered around a couple points, one of which being that the Bible is the true word of God. Ham is accepting that statement as fact through faith.
As one person on Twitter wrote:
Faith. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as the “substance of things hoped for.” And according to this verse, faith comes through hearing. Hearing about the word of Christ.
We watched the debate online and at one point I noticed that there were over 1,500,000 people watching. According to some news outlets, a minimum of 3 million people watched. That’s insane. Ken Ham preached the Gospel of Salvation at least half a dozen times. He potentially reached 3,000,000 people.
Now I know that not everyone who watched decided to come to Christ, that was not the intention of the debate, but no one can deny the number of seeds that were planted.
God’s word is living and active. It penetrates bone and marrow, flesh and spirit. I have no doubts that God worked in really neat ways through the conversations about Ham v. Nye. It has sparked some really cool conversations within my own household.
For that I am thankful.
While I grow weary of the constant clash between religion and science, I am thankful for a faithful God who uses all things to His glory and His purpose.