Sunday Comment: Get Evolution out of the Spotlight
Many Christians have Evolution on the brain.
Bush's support of "Intelligent Design" and Kansas's recent adoption of pro-Intelligent Design curricula standards, among other things, have thrown it into the spotlight. I heard a fanatical sermon this morning blaming Evolution for Nazism, Freudianism, Behaviorism, Communism and Atheism. So I've got it on the brain too.
According to a recent Harris poll, only 38% of Americans believe that "human beings developed from earlier species." This is down from 44% in 1994. The proponents of Intelligent Design have certainly created the public perception of an intellectual dispute. Although I would answer the Harris poll question "yes" if put to it, I have not personally investigated the evidence for or against Evolution. The reason is that its validity or invalidity is just not that important to me.
I think the fact that Evolution is such a controversy within our churches illustrates a broader problem within mainstream Christianity today. It is a prime example of concerns about orthodoxy prevailing over concerns about orthopraxy. Where is the thundering from the pulpit about the lack of charitable giving?
As Christians, we must start concerning ourselves more with what we do and less about what we believe. We must start recognizing concrete human suffering as more critical than the Origin of the Species, the origin of the universe, or any other abstract controversy.