by Tim Pauls
I already knew, but I learned it again. Between the Planned Parenthood videos and the appearance of Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair, here’s what I learned on my summer vacation:
Don’t expect evil to make sense.
Here’s what I mean. I normally hear in pop culture that Christianity is anti-science because it teaches things like the Incarnation, miracles and a resurrection from death—all of which contradict scientific observation. Rather than recognize that Christians value science but believe that God can defy scientific law (He is the Creator, after all), many dismiss Christians as simply denying scientific truth. The usual battleground is evolution, where Christians are scorned for denying unproven evolutionary models in favor of the Genesis account of creation.
This summer, however, Christians have science on their side on some hot topics. It’s both reasonable and scientifically verifiable that an infant is a human being while in the womb—and this is even verified by Planned Parenthood as employees identify their victims as “boys” and “girls” with human body parts. Likewise, it’s both reasonable and scientifically verifiable that one is born a man or a woman: This goes down to one’s unchangeable DNA. However, when Christians note these things, the world scorns again. Why? We’re told it’s because science and reason shouldn’t be used to contradict the choice of a patient or the one with gender dysphoria.
So when Christians believe in the creation account, the world calls them foolish for opposing science. When Christians address abortion and gender dysphoria, the world calls them foolish for agreeing with science.
In other words, the fix is in. The world isn’t waiting for the Church to make a reasonable argument for the Gospel. The world simply wants the Church to be quiet.
The good news is that the world thus reminds us of what we’re to be about: speaking the Word.
See, whether or not the Law of God is reasonable or agreeable to hearers, the Holy Spirit is still at work to convict the world of sin (John 16:8). Even though Jesus’ sacrifice sounds unreasonable, the Gospel is the power of salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16).
I wonder if we spend too much time worrying if the Gospel makes sense, rather than just saying it and trusting the Holy Spirit is at work. When Jews demanded [science-defying] signs and Greeks sought wisdom, Paul ignored the demands and kept preaching Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 1:22-24). When the world rejects both signs and wisdom, we still have the same life-giving message—Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.