Two recent articles by Humanist Examiner, Michael Stone express sentiments shared by other atheists and humanists. These articles, “Louisiana Voucher Program promotes biblical creationism” and “Christian hate: Chick-fil-A president confirms anti-gay stance” warrant a response from the Christian community. While not claiming to speak for every Christian, I am a Christian, and I will be responding to these two articles.
In Mr. Stone’s article about Louisiana, he complains that, under a new Louisiana voucher program, tax dollars will be available for parents to use to send their children to schools that teach creation science as a viable alternative to the theory of evolution. This voucher system does not make it mandatory that anyone use the vouchers for that purpose, rather it is simply available for Christian parents to send their children to Christian schools to learn in a Christian environment. Mr. Stone writes that this amounts to “… the abuse of innocent children by allowing religious superstition and dogma to pass as science education”. Mr. Stone goes on to write, “Teaching Biblical creationism as science is wrong, and ultimately harms children by painting a false and misleading picture of reality”.
May I remind Mr. Stone, and those who agree with him, that this type of one-sided indoctrination has been going on for many years already. However, it has been the theory of evolution that has been crammed down the throats of Christian young people in public schools against the wishes of their parents. These same parents were forced to pay for that indoctrination with their tax dollars. May I also remind Mr. Stone, and those who agree with him, that the theory of evolution is as much, if not more, a matter of faith as is the belief in a God who created the universe. The same scientific facts are being seen by both evolutionists and creation scientist, the interpretations of this evidence is where the two camps part ways. In other words, the scientific evidence is neutral; it is the interpretations and explanations that differ. The theory of evolution is not upheld by science any more than the belief in God. How we interpret these facts will depend on whether we choose to believe in the existence of God or we choose to deny His existence.
In Mr. Stone’s article about Chic-fil-a taking a stance for traditional marriage, he apparently believes that only atheists, agnostics, liberals, and anyone else not believing in God have a right to speak their mind. He seems to indicate in his article that Christians, who believe in God, believe that God has given us guidance as to what is right and what is wrong, and try to live by those guidelines should remain quiet about how they believe.
Why does it surprise atheists when they see Christians reacting to sinfulness and ungodliness the same way every time? Christians speak out against sin because we know how God views sin and how destructive sin is in people’s lives. Should a parent ‘tolerate’ their small child drinking something deadly? Of course not. That parent would try to stop that child with all their might. It would certainly not be ‘loving’ to let the child drink the poison because “it’s their right” or any other such nonsense that adults employ and call ‘tolerance’.
It is time that Christians exercise the same right to free speech as atheists employ. It is my tax dollars being spent indoctrinating young children into the religion of evolutionism and I do not approve. God set the standard for marriage in the first book of the Bible, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 ESV). In the New Testament, Jesus Christ reiterated this verse and put His stamp of approval on it, “He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6 ESV)
This is not a time for Christians to remain silent on the issues facing our country and our world today. We are the voice, the mouthpiece, of God. We must not remain silent while the ungodly grow louder.