Wisdom and Foolishness, Pride and Judgment

Two recent posts nicely illustrate how creationists claim to be wise and how (a la Romans 1:22) they have in the process become fools.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5 includes some favorite verses conservative Evangelicals love to apply to themselves, but less willing to apply to the case of others (as I can say from personal experience):

It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.

But clearly such words should make us more self-critical rather than more certain of ourselves and more apt to condemn others. Our conscience may not tell us we are doing anything wrong – but that doesn’t mean we aren’t. Romans 14:10-13 has similar warnings about judging someone else’s servant:

Why then do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” So (then) each of us shall give an account of himself (to God). Then let us no longer judge one another, but rather resolve never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Evolution is an obsession for many fundamentalists, but in seeking to impose their views on everyone, they succeed only in placing stumbling blocks in the way of others coming to faith – and in giving headaches to educated Christians.

It may be that you cannot see how evolution and Christian faith are compatible. Others can. Who are you to judge others of Christ’s servants? Have you never had to admit that you were wrong about something, never had to change your mind? Why do you insist that, whereas Paul made room for the weak and the strong in the Christian community, you know what is best for everyone and it just happens to be what you think? Such arrogance is unbefitting of anyone who calls themself a Christian. Then again, the verses above don’t get the attention they deserve among those who claim to be “Bible-believing Christians”. So much for not picking and choosing…

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