Sunday, February 10, 2008
The Rev. Timothy McLemore, senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Oak Cliff, Texas, has some good thoughts on this Evolution Weekend:
If we believe God is truth, we don't need to shrink from truth in whatever way it presents itself. We don't have to be threatened.
I think the Bible gives us a great creation account, and I think it's profoundly true. I just don't think it was ever intended to be scientifically true or even historically true.
The Bible is true when it teaches who God is and what God is like. The Bible is true when it describes the human condition. The Bible is true when it teaches us about human relationships.
As I understand the complexities and intricacies of what has been produced through human evolution, not only does it not make me want to run away from God, it strikes a chord of wonder and awe that I can only describe as worship.
It seems profoundly unhealthy. Do we really want the government deciding what religious beliefs and viewpoints are taught in school? It's our job to promote our understanding of faith, not the government's job.
The fate of all discoverers of big ideas is to be many things to many people.