Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Rhetoric Matters

Al Mohler keeps picking fights with science. And I, for one, and growing tired of it.

Mohler's combative approach is guaranteed to prolong and heighten a fight not build a bridge. Mohler's desire to "be right" trumps his evangelical instinct to spread the gospel. Mohler's lack of patience to let the Holy Spirit do His job virtually guarantees that the scientists with which he argues will never really get to experience the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes we just cannot argue with people - sometimes we just have to love them.

Here is something I know with certainty. When a person is throwing science up as an objection to Christianity - they are rationalizing an aversion to faith that really resides on some other level.

Mohler's rhetoric makes it hard for a person to be a scientist - he makes it sound like they are not merely wrong, but evil. Is it any wonder then that they retreat into their perceived "safe spaces?"

It is not infrequent these days that scientists overstep science and reach int o metaphysics. When they do, we react defensively. But here is the thing - we have th power and authority of the Creator and Sustainer of all things. We have nothing to fear, so defensiveness should not be a response in our arsenal. And certainly not the combative rhetoric of a Mohler.

We have to find a way to reach out with the love of Christ - the love that died and was resurrected for us.

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