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You did this. We did this.

You did this. We did this.

Dear evangelical,

You did this. We did this. This divide that you are feeling and seeing and sensing, this is not from God.  Your children and my children, your students and my students, are leaving the Christian faith by droves. You did this. We did this. It became an "us and them" game.  God against the world. 

Now, why would a God who loves the world be against it?  The answer is He would not.  God fought for the world, He breathed it into existence, and put his fingerprints all over it.  Scientists agree that the globe has extreme resilience, and is fascinatingly emergent.   This means that despite all that the globe has been put through it continues to echo and worship, "beauty".  Likewise, it means that newness is ever emerging from it's soil, the roots tangled beneath it, and the cells found inside the animals living in it's landscape. The world is ever strong and ever new.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. -Romans 1:3

These attributes ring true of God don't they?  Ever strong in the midst of extreme pressure and daily ever new.  Therefore, the world and God they are not opposites or against one another.  Using this logic, we can also assume that scripture and God are not against each other either. If scripture comes from God and the world (creation) comes from God than both must tell His story.  For one to be perfect and for one to be evil, would be counterproductive and counter-intuitive.  Then why have we created an us and them narrative.

Our children, our students, see the validity of science.  They love the natural world.  They have a natural affinity for dogs and pets, rainbows and grasshoppers, mud pies and forts (Kellert & Wilson, 1993). Our rhetoric that science is wrong, or that it is lying to them, is counterproductive and counter-intuitive. If God is really the creator God, than He made the whole thing: creation and scripture.  He made all truth.  In fact, He is truth.

We did it to ourselves (Carson, 1962).  Today, when the National Park Ranger has lost his career, when the USFWS game warden is afraid to come into work tomorrow, when the climatologist gets banned from speaking at a press conference. Remember that we did it to ourselves. When public lands are turned into mines, earthquakes are prevalent because of earthquakes, oil runs out and we have nothing else, storms and droughts hit your homes and cost us billions, and the 8,000 chemicals that cause autism, cancer, miscarriages and infertility are finally pulled from the market. Remember, we did it to ourselves.  The us and them game, serves no one.  Go ask your children.


References

Carson, R. (1962). Silent spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Kellert, S. R., & Wilson, E. O. (1993). The Biophilia hypothesis. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

 

 

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