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Christian Evolution?

May 3, 2012

Evolution has a moral problem that is rarely talked about.  While everyone is asking if creation or evolution can scientifically be proven, few have asked another important question:  “Is evolution good?”  Some of you don’t care about goodness or beauty.  You have bought into the modern “so-called” claim that truth is objective, and things like aesthetics and the goodness of the ends don’t matter.  This is a shame. 

While evolution mesmerizes many with its promise of an improving world and the pride to feel as if we have developed well beyond our predecessors, we miss the sinister sleight of hand that makes this promise possible.  There is a cost at stake, and few are putting the pieces together.  As the fittest survive, the weak must be discarded like excess waste.  It’s natural selection.  And it’s cruel!

It was this sort of thinking that made Hitler and the Nazi regime seek a pure Arian race and murder countless human beings considered inferior.  Some were considered inferior because of race, but others because of developmental and physical limitations.  Nearly 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust and as many as 250,000 disabled persons were euthanized.  Eugenics fueled this process.  Where did they get such an idea?  Darwin. 

Don’t believe me?  Then check out the book “From Darwin to Hitler” by Richard Weikart (http://www.csustan.edu/History/Faculty/Weikart/FromDarwintoHitler.htm). The following is a line from the blurb about this book:      

        “Richard Weikart explains the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality [in Nazi Germany]. He demonstrates that many leading Darwinian biologists and social thinkers in Germany believed that Darwinism overturned traditional Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment ethics, especially those pertaining to the sacredness of human life. Many of these thinkers supported moral relativism, yet simultaneously exalted evolutionary ‘fitness’ (especially in terms of intelligence and health) as the highest arbiter of morality.”

Now, I am not contending that everyone who believes in evolution is also in favor of disposing of the weak and malformed in our society.  If you wholesale believe in evolution that doesn’t make you a Nazi.  However, I do believe that many people who proclaim to believe in evolution have never considered these ramifications.  “Survival of the fittest” necessitates “destruction of the weak.”  Once again, I am not saying that everyone who buys into evolution seeks the destruction of the weak.  Rather, I am saying that whether a person intends to or not, when they embrace evolution wholistically, they have to embrace the idea that when supposed “genetically inferior” people do not survive, this is good for the human race.  This inherently devalues those who are weak, limited by physical abnormalities, handicapped, and non-productive.  (For inspiration read George Will’s tribute to his son, Jon, who celebrated his 40th birthday recently:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jon-will-40-years-and-going-with-down-syndrome/2012/05/02/gIQAdGiNxT_story.html?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost)

I simply can’t celebrate the loss of the weak in this manner.  I am unable to see the good in thinking that doesn’t nourish and value those who are weak.

My faith in the gospel of Christ will not let me passively watch the weak and marginalized be devalued.  It is the cross of Jesus and God’s special compassion for the weak that keeps me from the cold position that lets the weak fall by the wayside while the stong survive.  It is the mission of God that springs me into action and compels me to become an activist on anyone’s behalf who is marginalized.  You see, the gospel tells me that I am weak, and God was gracious to me by giving His Son (Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Cor. 1:26-31).  The gospel proclaims that God has created all things and that He is redeeming all things through Jesus.  Why?  Because He loves His creation and because redeeming Creation brings Him glory. 

This is where evangelical Christianity has been inconsistent.  We have consistently fought for the unborn lives of those human beings who are about to be aborted.  I applaud this.  I simply cannot understand the logical laps within those who preach compassion and support rights for abortion.  However, we tend to value those same people less after they are born.  We often pick our places to care.  Do we care about the homeless we pass every day?  Those are lives that could have been aborted.  Do we only care about them when they are a fetus, or do we still care when PTSD or mental illness has imprisoned them?  Troubled adults are not as cute as babies, but if we are going to be consistent, then we will have to show love to all people who are weak regardless of our sentiment. 

We must also care for those who are marginalized.  Do we care when whole races of people are being obliterated from the Earth through violent means?  Genocide is eugenics that uses bullets and bombs instead of a crematorium or an injection.  How about those enslaved in sex trafficking?  Do we love the homosexual person who has been treated mercilessly even though we find his or her lifestyle morally wrong?  Do we prepare ourselves to welcome into our churches families with members that have special needs and treat them as a glorious part of God’s creation?

In a sense, evangelical Christianity has been guilty of selected “survival of the fittest” depending on how comfortable we are with the segment of society that is in need.  It’s a form of Christian evolution.  But the love of God extends to all who are broken, harmed, oppressed, and marginalized.  Our care for the weak is rooted in the redeeming compassion of God through Jesus Christ.  It is motivated by the eternal purposes of God.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Rick Tilley permalink
    May 3, 2012 6:45 pm

    Great word!

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