Lunch with Dr. Terry Mortenson from Answers in Genesis
A 2006 CBS poll concluded that 55% of Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Only 13 percent say that God was not involved.
These findings closely mirror the statistics of the Gallup organization, which also shows these numbers have remained remarkably consist all the way from 1982, when they began asking the question, to their recent poll in 2008...
So why is 13 percent of America dictating an atheistic worldview to the vast majority of Americans, in our museums, school curricula, and other publicly funded efforts? Because somehow they have convinced us that removing religion from schools, museums, court houses, etc. is in the best interest of America -- and that it is even possible. However, the fact is that religion has not been removed from American institutions: it is only a substitution of one religion (secular humanism) for another (Christianity).
This was the subject of our discussion as we met recently to have lunch with Dr. Terry Mortenson from Answers in Genesis, who will be speaking on the Friday night of Creation Weekend, July 18th through July 20th.
Terry spent some 20 years of his life ministering in eastern Europe, including several years sharing the gospel to underground churches in Czechoslovakia before the fall of Communism. And, strikingly, Dr. Mortenson observed that the "brainwashing" of secularism in America today is on the same order and scale as that which took place under the Communist regime in eastern Europe.
In Russia, during the hight of the Cold War, the citizens were kept so completely in the dark regarding current global events that they actually were convinced of the propaganda fed them regarding the poverty of the west and that Americans were starving under the capitalistic system. The government and media convinced them that this was reality by repeating the false information through the media and from the highest ranks of government.
Now, in America today, we see a similar onslaught of propaganda being perpetuated by repetition, academic rejection, and news media -- it is the myth that evolution is a fact. As the blockbuster film Expelled recently pointed out, giving a voice to otherwise muzzled academics, there is a political and social and financial punishment for anyone in America today who will not bow to the idol of "millions of years."
But the good news is this: God's Word is still true today and it still speaks unerringly in the midst of the screaming efforts to drown out its unchanging declaration: "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." This message gives hope and purpose and morality, where Darwinism only leads to meaninglessness and hopelessness in a society that has no objective standard for morality.
And it is that message of eternal truth and ironclad hope that we hope you will come and learn more about during Creation Weekend. We appreciate Dr. Mortenson's willingness come and speak on the vital topic: "Creation or Evolution: Does It Matter?"
Isaiah declares, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him" (59:19). Consider this your invitation to the battlefront.