Monthly Archives: February 2017

Snow and the devil

On February 9 A.D. 2017, our region had a major snowstorm with the usual aftermath. Some actual schools and pretty much all child indoctrination centers were closed. Snow removal vehicles hit the streets. Folks had to “dig out.”

As of President’s day traces of that typical winter event remained. Cars were dirty with a thin layer of smudge, rock salt that had served its purpose could be seen on roads and sidewalks. Out with my dog that morning, I noticed a couple of small, white strongholds which had been protected from melting on account of their strategic location in shadowy places.

Which brings us to the shadowy personage known by various abhorrent names in holy writ. That would be the ancient serpent, the adversary, the deceiver who has persuaded some to deny his existence, and others into giving the devil more than his due.

The Bible teaches that this malevolent spirit being has a kingdom (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:18). What can we ascertain about the goals, strength, and stability of that kingdom?

Its goal is to oppose and undermine the rightful King, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His kingdom. Allegorically speaking, its first assault was a withering blast of temptation which covered Eden in a cold, wet blanket of death when our first parents succumbed.

But the Bible also teaches that Christ’s redeeming kingdom is everlasting and that it will eventually overthrow all opposition (Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 9:6,7, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26, et. al.) To imitate Him Who used parables profusely, the kingdom of God is like a fleet of plows, a powerful snow blower, and a bunch of strong shovelers all rolled into one formidable array against the enemy.

So why doesn’t satan abandon his vain campaign against divine power? Perhaps just as pride blinds human eyes with self-deceit, so the father of lies (John 8:44) is himself deceived into thinking he can overcome his almighty Creator from Whom he has defected.

Meanwhile, the present strength and stability of his realm has become far less than it was before that thawing resurrection dawn about two thousand years ago. It will be even weaker in Spring’s full bloom when its every snowflake is long gone. Yes, some piles of muddy residue abide. The kingdom of darkness will not be fully obliterated until the Final Harvest.

So what is wisdom for us soldiers serving in the ultimately victorious army of King Jesus in this present age? If we are obeying Him and making petition as He taught us, “Your kingdom come,” how can it be in keeping with faith to have a view of the future which assumes that more and more satanic storms will bury the world and that spiritual winter will drag on and on?

“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Of Whom did Isaiah (9:7) thus prophesy? Which kingdom has a bright future, and for which kingdom does only ruin lie ahead?

Yes, there is still much evil in the world…many wicked castles and watchtowers yet stand though they are crumbling. Some are comparable to those mountains of snow to be seen in the corners of big parking lots; they will be longer in melting. But melt they will! “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Take heart, keep offering that petition, “Your kingdom come!” Read Matthew 13:31-33 and consider how greatly that mustard seed planted in tiny Judea millennia ago has already grown to global proportions…how that leaven is already working its way through all three measures of meal. Expect more and more diminution of the kingdom of darkness but with an even stronger spirit of expectancy pray and work for the growth of Christ’s kingdom.

The devil? In God’s time, nothing will be left of that snowman but a couple of lumps of coal, a rotten carrot, and a couple of spindly sticks!

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Fame!

“It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory”, said wise Solomon under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 25:27)

Philosopher George Santayana (A.D. 1863 – 1952) grasped the gist of that godly wisdom when he said, “the highest form of vanity is love of fame.”

One notable Biblical example of this inglorious seeking of one’s own glory is recorded in the Gospels, and the future apostles James and John are the perps.

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” (Matthew 20:20,21)

(Mark’s account, 10:35-37, makes clear that James and John were complicit with their mother, and not innocent of her wrongful desire to see her sons in the limelight.)

One evil in our lust to shine brighter than anyone else is the desire for that which belongs to God alone,  in  direct rebellion to God’s own jealous (Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, Nahum 1:2 et. al.) declaration about His glory: “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.” (Isaiah 42:8, cf. vs. 11)

And the folly of this particular sin is made clear by the truth that no frail creature could even bear such glory! If the light in which He dwells is unapproachable and which no man can see or has seen (1 Timothy 6:16), how much less could any creature be the source of such light?

Our place is to reflect the light of divine glory, attributing all glory to God as its source as we show it forth to others. Those who will receive praise from God…those who will hear those thrilling words, “well done, good and faithful servant” therein have enough to fill their hearts with everlasting satisfaction and joy!

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:13)

The allure of glory was what the evil one used when he vainly tempted our Lord to worship him. “…the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘all these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me’.” (Matthew 4:8,9)

But let’s consider what His Father’s ultimate purpose was for the Son: “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” (Philippians 2:8,9)

So because He did not seek glory, but to do His Father’s will, the Man Christ Jesus ultimately received an eternal renown that the evil one could never have given! And so it is for His disciples, when we aim at obedience instead of looking to be famous, well known, and admired. For the inspired prophet Daniel writes: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)

And the same Holy Spirit proclaims through the apostle that there will be “… glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 2:10)

Previously published August 21, A.D. 2016  

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It’s All About…HIM!

As we read in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul came to the throne of grace with a wise and godly petition as he bowed his knees in prayer to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named:

“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

That petition is being answered perpetually! God has said YES to that prayer request down through the centuries. The Father gladly responds when that inspired, apostolic aspiration fills the hearts of His children. May this observation from the sacred record serve by God’s grace as a means by which He does that again.

Genesis 43:8,9 – “Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. I myself will be surety for him; from my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.” (See also Genesis 44:14-34; 48:8ff)

Let’s begin with a bit of the background of this passage. Judah’s father Israel is also called Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. The lad mentioned in the passage is Judah’s youngest brother Benjamin, the darling of their father. Judah’s poignant words are spoken in the midst of the gripping history that centers on yet another brother, Joseph, the second youngest of Jacob’s sons. The narrative begins in Genesis 37.

When Judah spoke those words to Jacob, Joseph was in Egypt where he had risen from slavery and prison to a position of great power and authority in Pharaoh’s government. When his older brothers came to Egypt to buy grain because of a famine in their own country, Joseph temporarily disguised himself from them, the very ones who had sold him into slavery. It was disguised Joseph, treating his older brothers roughly, who demanded that young Benjamin be taken away from Jacob! But Joseph eventually returned to kindness, and overcame his older brothers’ grievous transgression with good. Like Boaz in the book of Ruth, Joseph serves as a foreshadowing of Jesus the great Kinsman Redeemer.

It required an altar and priests, several sacrificial animals, and a man standing ready to illustrate the redeeming work of Christ by way of the Law’s Day of Atonement, Leviticus 16. The same principle obtains here. Joseph and the other patriarchal figures of the Bible (themselves sinful people) together depict for us the exacting, exhaustive way in which the Lord Jesus Christ wrought righteous redemption for His people. The fragrance of Christ permeates the whole of Scripture. We might say that the entire canon is “incarnationaly flavored,” cf. Luke 24: 27, 32, 44, 46; John 5:39 et. al.

Jacob is part of the foreshadowing, but Jacob had shared with Rebecca in deceiving and manipulating Isaac. Joseph is part of the foreshadowing. But even he, though upright in the matter of Potiphar’s wife, is seen cruelly toying with his brothers when they come to Egypt; for a season terrifying them. Judah is part of the foreshadowing, but he is the man who went into a woman he thought to be a prostitute but who turned out to be his own daughter-in-law. Broken vessels all, but God makes Gospel ointment come out of them!

Back to our text. Judah puts himself under this oath to his father Israel regarding his brother Benjamin. Israel (Jacob) cherished Benjamin, and feared to see him perish as he believed Joseph had perished. Jesus would later affirm to His disciples (John 16:27), “The Father Himself loves you.” The eternal Father loved His children, even while they were yet sinners, and did not want them to perish forever.

Judah loved his father. So he declared, “If I do not bring Benjamin back to you, my father, put the blame upon me forever.” In other words, I am going to accomplish this for you, father, come what may or you can hold me accountable for the loss of your loved one. I’ll do whatever it takes to get Benjamin back home safely to you.

Therein is a glimpse of the eternal Son’s love for His Father. “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.’ Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come – In the volume of the book it is written of Me –to do Your will, O God.’ ” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

From all eternity the Son of God Who became also the great Offspring of Judah through King David covenanted that He would be the Surety for the eternal deliverance of His Father’s beloved children. And in His once for all perfect act of sacrificial obedience, He indeed was made accountable for all the misdeeds of many. Hallelujah, He settled that account!

The love of God the Father for that great family the apostle Paul mentioned in his Ephesians 3 prayer is declared through Jacob’s love for all his sons.

Jesus sent Paul to the Gentiles, “…to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” The zeal of God the Son our Savior is declared through Judah the one willing to be surety for his brother whose presence was demanded by a ruler of dark countenance in a foreign kingdom.

Mercy’s triumph over judgment is declared through Joseph. He represents a severe alien power (sin and its consequences) poised to bereave the Father. Joseph also represents God’s gracious provision for the very undeserving wretches who had transgressed against their Provider.

God the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, quickens us with power by the truth displayed here and which the apostle Paul inscribes indelibly in another place: Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). Truly, “the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7)

“For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” (Hebrews 2:11). By the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, Christ Jesus the Savior successfully brings home safely to the Father those He is not ashamed to call brothers.

No wonder that as by faith we gaze upon the everlasting glories of redemption displayed in Revelation 5 we read, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals!”

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Chariots of Apathy

Many will recognize the tribute made with that title. The Christian testimony of Scots athlete Eric Liddel was honored in the movie Chariots of Fire, ranked 19th in the British Film Institute’s list of Top 100 British films. That aspect of discipleship we call testimony is a good place to begin today.

Mr. Liddel had strong convictions. According to the 15th Psalm, having ethical convictions which direct one’s course in life regardless of the consequences to self is a trait of the man who can dwell on God’s holy hill…of a man who will never be shaken.

And strong convictions are a mighty element of sound Christian testimony, in part because they are so rare and refreshing. Men and women of conviction are the salt and light which Christ has declared His people to be.

Mr. Liddel was firmly persuaded that the Lord would be displeased if he participated in an Olympic foot race to be held on the day of the week known as the Lord’s day or the Christian Sabbath, popularly called Sunday. His very public testimony was to stand strong for the fourth commandment and its practical application as summarized in the A.D. 1646 Westminster Confession of Faith:

“This Sabbath is to be kept holy unto the Lord when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.”

During the earthly ministry of Christ (the Lord of the Sabbath), He encountered men who took offense when He miraculously healed on the Sabbath day. He upbraided them for their abusive interpretation of the fourth commandment. Such an encounter can be found at Matthew 12:1-14.

On other occasions, our synagogue-attending Lord strove against those who used the vain traditions of men to turn the Sabbath into a dreary burden instead of a joyful rest. For example, see John 5:8-10 and Mark 2:23ff, in which latter passage Jesus teaches that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

As with all His commandments, God has our best welfare in mind in giving them to us. That is why He inspired His prophet Isaiah to write:

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 58:13,14)

Over many years in ministry, this writer has been party to many discussions about whether certain activities are legitimately regarded as “duties of necessity and mercy.” What specific activities are acceptable, which are not? If we devise a list, we are in danger of falling into the same trap that the once well intentioned Pharisees did.

And it is evident in the church today that the Pharisaical mindset lives on with its oppressive error, but right alongside it in the church today is another unbiblical mindset, equally harmful. Contrary to Christ’s words at Matthew 5:17-19, some apparently think that the Sabbath has been abolished altogether.

As Christians we vigorously deny that the sixth commandment, “you shall not kill,” no longer applies. We rightly would be horrified at the suggestion that God changed His mind about the seventh and eighth commandments, “you shall not commit adultery” and “you shall not steal,” respectively.

But when it comes to the fourth of the Big Ten, “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” it seems that consistency vanishes! Some among us – perhaps thinking of Christ’s corrective words about Sabbath abuse – have come to believe that God has changed His mind on this one! Is there no longer any practical application of this commandment, which like the other nine find their origin at creation?

Idolatry, blasphemy, dishonoring of parental and other God appointed human authority, murder, adultery, theft, false witness bearing and coveting did not become sins when God gave Moses the Decalogue and the rest of the Law. They were sins already. So with Sabbath forgetfulness or despising. God did not tell Moses and the Israelites, “I am now instituting the Sabbath for the first time ever.” He said, “remember the Sabbath.” Remember something that has been part and parcel of righteous living since creation.

When instead of remembering we take a “fuggedaboutit” approach to the Lord’s day, we miss a wonderful opportunity for TESTIMONY to the world! By going along with the world in counting the Lord’s day as just part of the “weekend” are we not conforming to the world, contrary to God’s word?

(A typical month at a glance calendar shows four or five Sundays in the left column of its table or grid layout. Each of those Sundays is the first day in its row. They do not conclude the weeks, they begin each week. Saturdays appear in the right column, ending each row. Saturday is actually the seventh and last day of every week. So the “weekend” is properly understood as perhaps Friday evening through Saturday evening. Mondays are in the second column because Monday is the second day of the week!)

How many opportunities to speak the glories of the Gospel have been lost because an unbeliever had no reason to ask a Christian, “why do you regard Sunday as so special?”

The primary answer to that question, the foremost reason we regard Sunday as special is because it was on the first day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. That historical event upon which all our salvation depends was of such redemptive significance that it changed the day of the week upon which the fourth commandment was to be observed, as the Confession of Faith articulates:

“As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in His Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, He has particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week: and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath.” (See Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:1,2, Revelation 1:10)

God rested from His work of creation on the last day of the world’s first week. About four thousand years later God incarnate, after accomplishing His work of redemption, entered into His rest on the first day of another week. Indeed, as we read at Hebrews 4:3, we who have believed enter into that rest; we cease from our vain attempts at self-justification and rest on the finished work of Christ, receiving all the blessings that depend upon that finished work. This rest is eternal.

For the sake of the Gospel there is all the more reason to testify to that redeeming work and eternal rest by observing a temporal, earthly reflection of it, namely by continuing to keep the fourth commandment. We commemorate the resurrection of Jesus and testify to it not just once a year on a day called Easter or Resurrection Day, but on the first day of every week!

And if we labor to remember the Sabbath in this way, we will find much opportunity to speak to the world around us for whom the Lord’s day is just the finale of the weekend, just a day off work to do my own thing, just another day to forget and marginalize my Creator.

Endeavor to remember the Sabbath even in your every day speech. Why not make a habit of calling it the Lord’s day instead of Sunday, especially when speaking with those who are strangers to the things of God? Yes, you will get quizzical looks and perhaps sour or even hostile reactions, but that’s good! You are being salty and bright!

Carefully, prayerfully determine according your Scripture filled conscience what activities you will and will not do on that day. Be fully persuaded according to the infallible, authoritative Word of God as it applies to your particular calling and circumstances – avoiding both the Pharisaical and forgetful pitfalls discussed above.

You might not become a champion Olympic runner, but as your sanctifying of the Lord God in your heart includes keeping His fourth commandment from the heart, you will become by His power and grace a stronger, saltier, brighter witness – able to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (cf. 1 Peter 3:15)

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Jack and Mac are Back!

Jack, doing a double take – Hey, didn’t we meet and have a brief discussion last Christmas Eve?

Mac – Yes, I remember. I’m Mac, by the way.

Jack – I thought about what you said, Mac. It made a lot of sense. Oh yeah,  Jack is my name.

Mac – Nice to see you again, Jack. And I’m glad we got beyond the superficial, as you put it, during our previous encounter. How are you?

Jack – Not bad. But I just overheard something…something…

Mac, winking – rude?

Jack, chuckling – Well, yes, but worse; something ugly and hateful.

Mac – Sorry to hear. Care to talk about it?

Jack – Why not get it off my chest. I overheard two people of an ethnic group I won’t name trashing another ethnic group. They were using slurs, stereotyping, hurling epithets, mocking…in short utterly despising the other ethnic group. Disgusting! They were clearly RACISTS.

Mac – So what? What’s wrong with that?

Jack – Oh no, here we go again with one of your “conversation piece” comments, ha ha!

Mac, with a sly grin – You read me like a book.

Jack – OK, I’ll bite. Are you actually saying that racism is OK?

Mac – Let me give you the response I suspect you are hoping for…a resounding NO! Not only that, but since I believe there is only one human race, the word racism itself is not helpful as we all seek to conquer ethnic strife.

Nationalism or ethnic supremacy are perhaps better labels for the bigotry you just saw manifested. But just like “Gee wiz” and other terms the origins of which are long forgotten, we’re probably stuck with the words racism and racist as they are commonly used.

Jack – So…if you’re NOT saying that ethnic supremacy-ism or racism or whatever you want to call it is OK, what’s your point?

Mac – Do you believe in evolution? You know, Charles Darwin’s theory about origins? By the way, the full title of his magnum opus is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

Jack – Interesting. I thought it was merely The Origin of Species. But to answer your question, OF COURSE I believe in evolution! Puh-leeze don’t tell me you do not! I mean, science has proven it…everybody believes it…yes I believe in evolution. And by the way, I do not believe that flies spontaneously generate, that alchemists can turn lead into gold, or that the earth is flat! Geez!

Mac – Hmm…yet another corruption of the name Jesus used as an expletive.

Jack – What are you talking about?

Mac – Geez. It’s short for Jesus. Why do people use His name as a so-called curse word, but rarely use the names of figures from the various religions of the world? I’ve never yet heard somebody say, “Buddha almighty, that driver is a jerk!” or “Dalai H. Lama, what the ___ is going on here!?”

Jack – I’ve heard people say “holy Moses.” And did you ever catch the use of “bismallah” in Queen’s iconic song Bohemian Rhapsody? Bismallah means, “In the name of Allah!”

Mac – I’ve heard that. OK, but Jesus’ name gets trashed way, way more – at least in our society. But we’re getting off track. So you’re convinced that evolution is proven, unquestionable, bed rock truth?

Jack – Yes, yes, and yes…and I find it incredible that you don’t share that conviction!

Mac, smiling – I didn’t say I don’t. But let me say it emphatically now. I don’t, don’t, don’t!

Jack – Gee…er, Chri…er, I’ll be da…

Mac – Damned refers to the eternal condemnation of the lost which is clearly taught in the Bible.

Jack – Whatever. Fiddlesticks, I can’t believe you deny evolution!

Mac – Well, someday I’ll fiddle on and try to patiently explain why I deny it, give you some resources from top notch scientists who also deny it, and show you the appalling lack of real  evidence for it. If you actually listen with an open mind, I will deem you a man among men.

But let me tell you in nutshell why, as a believer in divine creation as it is plainly taught in the Bible, I regard all ethnic bigotry as sinful – in other words bad. All of us men and women are made equally in the image of God as to our spiritual being. Intangible aspects of our constitution such as our rationality, our wills, and our ethical nature show that we are limited, created representations of our eternal, unlimited Creator.

Just as flowers have different forms and various kinds of beauty, humans differ in qualities and traits such as hair type, skin color, and the shapes of facial features. But we all have a part in that one surpassingly majestic dignity. It is shared by every soul from every nation, tribe, people and language. If you despise another human being simply because of his or her ethnicity and its traits, you are despising the image of God.

Jack – Well, I don’t know about all that theological mumbo jumbo, but I agree that all human beings are equal.

Mac – Well, that’s not exactly what I said. I said we are all equal as to our being made in God’s image. Since you are, I estimate, about six feet tall whereas I’m five feet nine inches, we are not equal in height. There are many other differences, visible and invisible, between us as individuals.

It is the same with families and nations. We can observe that they share certain traits, generally speaking. However, none of this divinely artistic diversity effects the IMAGO DEI, that divine image. In that sense, yes indeed, we are equal.

But as an evolutionist, you can’t say that all people are equal in a universal sense; that is, in a way which is built into human nature and in which every man, woman, and child in or out of the womb participates. You are being inconsistent with your beliefs when you say that every person deserves to be regarded as equal with every other person.

Jack – Uh oh…I think I see where you’re going with this…

Mac – Good. Here’s where I’m going. If human evolution has been going on fluidly for millions of years, and continues today, what argument do you have against the person who says, “my nation is superior. We are more highly evolved than other nations because ________ .” Fill in the blank with whatever you want.

Do an Internet search: images of alleged missing links between modern humanity and our so called hominid ancestors. They are cobbled together using artistic conceptualization and wild speculation based on a few bones. I’ll wager you’ll see graphic examples of bigotry being supported by evolutionary ideas!

Since evolution supposedly occurs by the interaction of an uncontrolled environment and natural selection, how can you categorically deny that what was said by the bigots you just overheard is true?

Jack – Don’t be ridiculous! All humans are the same species, just like Chihuahuas and Great Danes are both caninus familiarus! A member of any ethnic group is capable of natural procreation with a person of the opposite sex from another ethnic group. Besides, those people were just embittered haters.

Mac – I’ll include some thought about the meaning of “species” when we talk again. And have you ever heard of ligers and tigons?

But for now, why would appearing ridiculous stop the narrow mind and hostile heart of an ethnic bigot? All an embittered hater needs is a little imaginary justification. As an evolutionist, he can seize upon some particular trait possessed by his ethnic group for that justification. He vainly conceives that the trait is the next step in evolution.

I don’t know you that well yet, Jack, but I don’t believe that you are a bigot. As the saying goes, there’s probably not “a racist bone in your body.” I share your stance against any form of ethnic supremacy, but for the vastly different reason which I’ve tried to share with you today. Can you see now that intellectual and emotional commitment to Darwinism is inconsistent with an ethical stance against racism?

Jack – Once again, my new friend, you make sense; you’ve given me food for thought.

Mac, smiling – In that case, let me be so bold as to leave you with a few mental snacks about the legacy of Darwinism.

1. For several generations now, most of our country’s children have been taught that they are the descendants of animals. Why should we be surprised when they are unashamed to act like their supposed ancestors?

2. The bio-engineering horror known as eugenics is based on the idea that natural selection can be replaced by artificial selection and a race of supermen brought into being. Sound familiar? Sanger sung that song!

3. The human appendix was once considered to be a “vestigial” organ; an evolutionary leftover which no longer had any function and could be removed willy-nilly. It is now known to have an important function. To what extent has the dogma of evolution actually hindered the advance of medical science, with people being made sicker and more debilitated as a result?

I enjoy our discussions, Jack, and hope to see you again soon…

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