In a permissive culture that is increasingly accommodated by the church rather than confronted and opposed by the church, this should probably come as no surprise. Gallup has revealed that the percentage of Americans believing that God created human beings in their present form (as in, not a ball of goo that miraculously morphed over time through scientifically unobservable and untestable “natural processes”) has dipped to a new low of just 38%.
This is the first time since 1982 — when Gallup began asking this question using this wording — that belief in God’s direct creation of man has not been the outright most-common response. Overall, roughly three-quarters of Americans believe God was involved in man’s creation — whether that be the creationist view based on the Bible or the view that God guided the evolutionary process, outlined by scientist Charles Darwin and others. Since 1982, agreement with the “secular” viewpoint, meaning humans evolved from lower life forms without any divine intervention, has doubled.
While commentators and scholars are interpreting this as receding belief in Creationism, the truth is that this study actually shows receding confidence in the authority and accuracy of the Bible. While Christians desperate for approval from elites and sophisticates increasingly attempt to shoehorn Darwinian evolution into the pages of Scripture, or claim the Bible’s Genesis account to be allegorical and not historical, the consequences of this betrayal are absolutely devastating for the church’s effectiveness in America. Why?
First, it shows Christians willing to disagree with Jesus. That isn’t good. Christ affirmed that, “from the beginning of Creation, God made male and female” (Mark 10:6). There’s nothing in there about God making them an amorphous blobs that slowly generated sexual organs through material processes and chemical chance. Jesus also instructed His followers that if they didn’t trust the words of Moses, they wouldn’t trust His words either (John 5:47). Not only did Moses author the text of Genesis 1, he also wrote down what God’s finger carved into tablets of stone on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20:11):
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.”
When Christians are willing to consider Christ a liar, and are willing to believe that God’s finger got history and science confused when it was carving into stone, that’s not going to end well for the church.
Secondly, Christians who abandon the Genesis account undermine the Gospel message of Jesus – and thus the entire point of Christianity. For Darwinism to be true, countless species and forms of life were evolving, dying off, being eaten and destroyed in the process of becoming man. But there’s a problem. According to the gospel of Jesus, death is the punishment for sin (Romans 6:23). It entered the world through Adam and his rebellion in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12).
But if death was in the world before Adam ever showed up to sin – which Darwinism demands – then death isn’t the punishment for sin after all. It pre-existed sin. And if that’s the case, the death of Jesus on the cross did jack squat to pay for your sins. Gospel undone. Christianity collapsed.
So as one who follows Jesus, let me issue a big hefty thanks to the foolish ministers and Christian college administrators and professors who are to blame for this mess. Seeking the applause of men, they have abandoned the authority of the Bible and actually think there won’t be disastrous implications. They’ve exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25) and in their effort to be taken seriously by the world, they’ve become useful idiots in pop culture’s effort to destroy the credibility and mock the message of the cross.
Their churches should be abandoned and their universities shuttered. Christians are not to fear the scorn of unbelievers who quite literally believe fairy tales in order to justify their denial of God’s authority. If our foundation (the Bible) is more reliable than theirs (the guesses of men) – and it is – then we have nothing to fear.
Justice Antonin Scalia said it best:
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
Too many Christian “leaders” – in our churches and academia – lack that courage. Gallup’s poll shows the depressing consequences of their pathetic failure.