The court decision Tuesday that struck down a town's promotion of "intelligent design" was not a loss for the cause of undermining evolution theory, but instead presents an opportunity for those who should now restore the role of Christ in creation.
Intelligent design waters down in unnecessary vagueness the fact that God created the heavens, the earth, and all life, and did so through the second member of the Trinity (i.e., the "Godhead"): Jesus Christ. Why do Christians wage combat over taking Christ out of Christmas, but employ weak dodge-and-parry tactics when educating their kids about life's beginnings?
Believers have the historical, Biblical evidence on their side. The Apostle John (whom Jesus "loved") wrote that Christ "was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:2-3). The Book of Genesis in verse 1:26 acknowledges Christ's role in the creation of human life as part of the Trinity, when God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...." And the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians (1:16) that "by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers."
Either you've got three credible witnesses here, or as C.S. Lewis might say, you've got three certifiable loonies.
I can appreciate stealth tactics and incremental change as much as the next subversive, but the goal of many intelligent design advocates is to get unbelieving messengers to speak in tongues they can't understand. You'd have more success finding Balaam's ass to convey the idea than you would in getting public education's science-teaching establishment to deliver the evolution disclaimer. Can't you just hear the "drip, drip, drip" of the sarcasm?
The Discovery Institute, the best known of the intelligent design advocates, agrees. It considered the policy (which provoked the lawsuit by the ACLU) implemented by the Dover (Pennsylvania) School District to be "misguided," "politically divisive," and "hinder(ing) a fair and open discussion of the merits of intelligent design...." Unlike many others who back intelligent design, Discovery views it as more of a free speech issue instead of one about "equality of ideas," in which schools should teach all theories on origins.
So if Christians want to get in the "discussion" then why not capitalize on their current passion over Christmas, dispense with the "theories," and start talking about just Who that Creator is? In keeping with the current spirit of restoring the Savior into the season, Christians likewise ought to bypass intelligent design's diluted account of Creation. Those who want Christ boldly proclaimed at Lowe's and Target need not reserve their courage only for boycotts of business.
Isn't it much more important to press the message where your kids are learning? If the debate really is about freedom of speech and not forcing the teachers to violate their consciences, then let Christian students take up the mantle.
Despite the judge's ruling on Dover, schoolchildren still have free speech in hallways, on school buses, etc., and are not in the business of establishing government religions. Christian students who are inclined to cast doubts upon evolution ought to do so, outspokenly. Declare the whole counsel of God in the role of life's origins and development by invoking the historical record as explained in the Bible. A tactical change is in order, and with it, a greater emphasis on the Document that Christians use as their source material.
If they're not too embarrassed to restore Christ to Christmas, then there should be no shame in stating that He was there at the Beginning, too. Then let the ACLU try to infringe on that speech.
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