This morning I opened the opinion page to read a response to an article regarding Ball State University Professor Eric Hedin’s teaching of creation theories in science classes. The upset over this seems to stem around the fact that the professor is teaching “his” own religion within the confines of the classroom. To top it all off I think every one of us has wondered what is the proof that life comes from God? During one of my biology college classes, I wrote an essay about science and religion – and I sure wish I kept it to this day, because my professor gave me a “D.” I had turned in my paper a week before it was due and had mistakenly forgot to answer one of the questions. Instead of contacting me and letting me know what I did, she gave me a low grade. While it seems unfair – because it wasn’t a class of 100, it was a class of 25 students and it was summer – it was well under her authority to give me the “D.” I cannot help but think though – that she probably didn’t like my summation of where religion fits into creationism.
We are all so busy trying to “prove” everything, that we leave out the greatness of faith and trust. Whenever you say or do anything, you have to back it up with proof. What made you do that? What proof do you have to offer that motivated you to act or say that? Show me proof.
Faith and trust just don’t seem to fit into society anymore. Yet faith and trust are the fundamentals to eternal life with God. What happened to just living out our life based on these great virtues?
I was face to face with a decision the other day. Someone had lied to me about something and I was dead set on proving she were lying. It was exhausting. I was constantly trying to catch her in a lie, hunting her down to prove that she was fibbing, and living on every word she uttered just to prove her dishonesty. It made me angry, bitter and upset. I finally realized that I didn’t need to prove anything. Her lie – was just that – her lie. Yes, it affected my life. Yes, I didn’t care for the way she chose to live her life, but that was her choice – not mine. Once I just had faith that God would show her a better path to life, and I let go of proving everything she did wrong – I became a better person. I prayed for her. And I prayed for myself.
So we can go on and on about how science and creationism should not be taught together. We can continue to “prove” that one or the other is wrong. It will be exhausting, but we can do it. Or we can choose to have faith and trust in what we do know – and what we don’t know probably doesn’t really matter all that much. Why exhaust ourselves on proving each other wrong when we can bask in knowing that faith and trust will make us better people? God will find a way to use all of this for His good – He always does.
So next time when you are dead set on proving your case, step back and think about it. Does this really need to be done, or do I need to humbly just have faith and trust in God? Do I really need to use all my energy on this or do I need to step back and allow God to do His work?
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.