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December 15, 2011

Francis Crick, one of the guys who discovered the structure of DNA, famously said that life, probably in a very simple form, most likely came from another planet before it evolved.  Which I think is very logical.  It’s funny how people of faith at the time, and even today, sorta jumped on that for their own benefit.  The argument sounded a little like:

“Aha!  This brilliant scientist is making excuses: he doesn’t think it’s possible for live to have evolved in the time the earth has existed so he’s moving the problem somewhere else.”

Once upon a time I went to a church where people really, truly believed this.  For the record, I think Crick meant exactly what he said.  The universe is a huge place and if life requires randomness and chance to develop, it makes sense that the diversity of life we see may have required a larger space and a longer time than our home planet is capable of providing.  You look at what you see and you make your best attempt at figuring out how it got that way.  And you know, I really think God takes great pleasure in witnessing our attempts to figure out the mysteries of the universe.

As a Christian, it pains me that something like evolution is even a subject of debate.  I wonder how it is that we continually miss the most important things that Jesus taught us, but we froth at the mouth over the pledge of allegiance and gay marriage and evolution.

But this is the natural conclusion of a generation of teaching people to be afraid of God.  Often a person will hear some frightening sermon and think, “I have to be the loudest one in the debate.  I have to pretend I believe all this bullshit, and I have to pretend to be happy about it, or God will punish me.”  I wonder how many people stick with Christianity due to fear like this.  It breaks my heart.

This is one reason I love the Christmas season so much.  It gets so much closer to the way it was meant to be.  No matter who you are or what you believe, you can’t help but notice all the joy filled people.  If you strip away all the politics and all the consumerism, we’re celebrating, trying to grasp and convey the significance of the fact that God became a man, and we’re doing it by giving each other gifts, spending time with family, taking special note of the poor and needy, and above all proclaiming peace on earth, good will to men.

So I wonder why, for the other 11 months of the year, we go back to yelling about politics and being afraid of science.  During this season we’re celebrating the very event that made all of those discussions irrelevant!  Who gives a crap about displaying the 10 commandments in a courtroom, who cares if gays want to get married, who cares what the pledge of allegiance says or whether we crawled out of the ocean?  God is trying to get our attention!  Let’s let him decide what is important.  Let’s let him show off the amazing things he’s done, and wants to do for us.


“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

-Zephaniah 3:17


How amazing when someone hears such a thing for the first time.

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