When was the last time you were asked your views on creation vs. evolution? What was your answer? If you are like 70% of people, you probably flinched. Then you stuttered your way through an absolutely horrendous, unprepared response that completely showed your lack of foresight on the issue.
Do not feel bad. I have been there before as well and have been less than successful in my "In the Beginning" speech. But thankfully we believe in a God of knowledge and second chances! It's time to take that knowledge and second chance. My generation is the most skeptical generation we have ever seen, and our educational systems; public and private are doing very little to reverse this through logical debate.
According to the Barna Group in conjunction with the American Bible Society, 35% of 18-29 year olds believe that the Bible contains everything in it needed for a person to live a meaningful life.
In another study done by the Barna Group, they asked non-Christian millenials to describe the Bible in 1 word. The top 5 words are as follows: Story (50%), Mythology (38%), Symbolic (36%), Fairy Tale (30%), Historical (30%). 27% of this non-Christian group also believe that the Bible is a dangerous book that brings oppression.
These alarming stats are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to millenials. This generation is in desperate search of a source of comfort. And while i believe that change starts in ones own heart and deliberate allowance of Christ love to enter; we have failed to reach them with the Gospel and so they have resorted to cultural and material possessions to fill this void.
Universities, public and private have done very little to stop this decimation of Biblical truth. Public Universities are unwavering in their ideology against Christian values. Sociology and human nature classes depict us as inherently good beings, that can find within us the power to a peaceful life. Private universities and seminaries are becoming less equipped as well. Speaker/writer Dr. Terry Moretenson asked his assistant to contact 50 conservative evangelical seminaries and asked them what they require as far as classes in Genesis.
The results from 36 email responses revealed that only 1/3rd of these were young-earth creationists and they were fairly small seminaries. To break it down further, only 2 of these required a creation/evolution debate course. 3 others had an elective in Genesis; 1 didn't deal with the issue all together. This issue is scary because it plays over into the pastors we have today and those who hope to become pastors.
This truly needs to be reversed. Every Christian should be able to defend a literal truth of Genesis. "Six, 24 hr. days of Creation about 6000 years ago and a global catastrophic Flood."
In an article by Dr. Terry Mortenson published in Answers in Genesis magazine, he shows us that Peter told Christians to be "ready to give a defense of their faith", Paul pressed pastors to teach truth and eliminate error, and Jude pleaded that we defend our faith in the face of falsehoods.
So when was the last time you were asked to defend your faith? Were you able to use the knowledge given to you by a sermon your pastor gave? Are we equipped to defend Genesis in an evolutionized society?
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind"
Answers in Genesis, vol. 9 NO. 1 Jan-Mar. 2014. Dr. Terry Mortenson.
The Barna Group. 2014. Millenials and the Bible: 3 Surprising Insights
The Barna Group/American Bible Society. State of the Bible. 2014
This week, Congressional Democrats blocked the passage of the reauthorized Trafficking Victims Protection Act in an attempt to discourage the complete lack of funding for the hypothetical abortions these victims may "need".
The law holds sex traffickers responsible to the fullest extent by imposing federal penalties. It also supports the victims of sex trafficking by funding detection programs and by providing additional services to victims of this crime.
The language that is being used to halt the progression of this bill was in the bill last year when it passed through committees with bi-partisan support, and yet it is the democrats only reasoning. They demand that Americans pay for abortions.
So the exploitation of human trafficking victims must continue at the hands of Congressional Democrats all for the cost of what a majority of Americans believe to be an act of murder? That seems to be the raw truth of the matter. No way to sugar coat the reality.
With nearly 27 million people worldwide affected by human trafficking, slavery, and prostitution, it may be time for Congressional Democrats to stand down on this one. Who are they helping by encouraging this behavior?
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."
Last Thursday i went with an amazing group of co-workers to see a film called "Drop Box". The film jarred me and had me wishing i had brought tissues. The award-winning documentary by Brian Ivie in conjunction with Focus on the Family tells the tale of South Korea pastor Lee Jong-rak and his faithfulness in preserving life in its most vital of moments.
As the story unfolds, we see the "dropbox" an infant sanctuary in the side of a church wall where women can leave their babies when they cannot care for them. The director takes us on a one-on-one journey of what this mission was purposed for by God, revealing at the end that his faith story began through this journey. As i watched through the many tears, I was taken on a tour of what women go through in Korea when they are faced with a crisis pregnancy. The societal pressures alone are enough to will these women into abortions, add on top of that the lack of value on babies with disabilities, women who are victims of crimes and the oppression of the church to reach out due to governmental rigidity. A solid reminder that crisis pregnancy care needs to also be about the healing of the mother.
The breaking point for me was watching this continuing to take place in this age. As a child blessed by an adoption, my heart aches for the orphans of this world. The ones who aren't chosen by mankind. But my heart rejoiced throughout the film as i replayed the chorus of a song by Avalon:
" There are no strangers, there are no outcasts. There are NO orphans of God!"
Abandonment is a very real thing that many of these children will struggle with. Understanding what real love is and why a mother could cradle her child into the arms of another will take a patience and understanding beyond that of most humans. But love comes in the spirit of people like Pastor Lee. His immense love for God and his plan for every child, regardless of what the culture has deemed them at birth is humbling. One cannot help but weep at the pure, raw love that this man and his wife give to these kids. Taking them in at birth and caring for them day and night (many late nights waiting for a bell in the box to ring, alerting them that another child needs to be held). As his hands reached in to hold up the child, he immediately went into a state of prayer over the child's life. ...........................speechless and emotional.................
As I spent the days after being filled with emotion from what i had been privileged to witness, I finally was reminded of the story of an orphan in the Bible.
Jochebed, Moses's mother, chose to adopt her child into the arms of an Egyptian princess. She chose a basket to send her child down the river in. As she watched her son drift away, I am sure she prayed for God to let this child know how loved he truly was. That he was given up in hopes his life would be spared. Well that man grew up to free a people and part a sea. All because he accepted adoption in God's family.
I urge you if you have a chance, visit this website to learn more about the "DropBox". God adopts us all into his family. Sometimes we just need to lay ourselves down, allow ourselves to be rescued, and forgive the past.
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."