Blazing Center / Church / Ministry / August 31, 2015

Darwin’s Theory Doesn’t Work in The Church

There are numerous churches that are anti-Darwinian because they are anti-evolution. That’s particular debate is for a different day on a different blog by a different person. But this isn’t about the formation of the earth or the evolution of living beings.

Darwin espoused the theory of “natural selection,” also known as “survival of the fittest.” While it’s true that these phrases in scientific circles mean something quite defined, in the wider world it has basically come to mean that the strong survive and thrive while the weak fall by the wayside. Those who make ate are those who deserved to make it. They survived, often at the expense of those who were weaker.

But isn’t that the opposite of what the church is supposed to be? It seems to me that the church should be the place that is definitively UN-Darwinian, where the weak thrive as the strong help them, a place that fosters the ideal of “survival of the unfittest.” What else would the bible mean when it says this in 1 Corinthians 12?

22On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

We are called to be a place that is decidedly, intentionally seeking to help the weak survive and thrive. That could mean the weak in faith, social status, spiritual maturity, financial well-being, marital or familial health, understanding of the Bible and doctrine, and any number of other ways. While the culture around us seeks to be the strong and step on the weak, we are called to raise up the weak and find our strength in the Lord.

The church is to be counter cultural and counter natural, a place where the weakest find honor as they discover our unDarwinianism.

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Nov 02, 2011

Well said.

Nov 03, 2011

“The church is to be counter cultural and counter natural”… Love that.

Just so you know, your last few blog posts render a bit funny in RSS readers – multiple words are lumpedtogether (like that). The live site looks fine, although the html is out of whack. Maybe it’s a blogspot snag in the copy-and-paste process?

Nov 03, 2011

Thanks for the kind words and the heads up about the reader. It started after google updated blogger. I’ll see if I can figure it out.

Nov 08, 2011

Love it!

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