This started a few days ago, when we spotted (and ignored) a new article at Answers in Genesis (AIG), written by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Ol’ Hambo’s article is Award-Winning Christian Musicians Mock Biblical Creationists.
Hambo is no longer satisfied criticizing preachers and bible colleges because they’re not sufficiently creationist. Now he’s turning his attention — and his wrath — on Christian musicians. He wrote, with bold font added by us:
Christian musicians Michael and Lisa Gungor, members of the Dove-award winning band Gungor, made headlines this week with their denial of the inerrancy of Scripture in Genesis. Then Michael Gungor declared in a clarifying blog post, “NO REASONABLE PERSON takes the entire Bible completely literally” (emphasis Gungor’s).
Blasphemy! This can’t be tolerated! Hambo’s article is a full-force attack on the pair. He said:
Michael Gungor studied jazz guitar at Western Michigan University and the University of North Texas. His wife, Lisa, studied music at Oral Roberts University. Neither is a Bible scholar nor scientist. And yet, they are writing as though they know more than people who have spent their lives studying the inerrancy of Scripture and who — in many cases — have come to different conclusions.
So now ol’ Hambo is extending his imaginary authority over Christian musicians. One more excerpt:
On the Gungor Music blog, Michael uses a mocking tone to explain his view of the Bible’s account of history:
[Hambo quotes Michael:] Do I believe that God literally drowned every living creature 5,000 years ago in a global flood except the ones who were living in a big boat? No, I don’t.
Why don’t I? Because of science and rational thought.
This is intolerable! Hambo rants on and on, but we’ll leave him there, red-faced and sputtering. Anyway, we didn’t pay any attention, not until we spotted this today, at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom Their new post is Christian Band Rejects Literal Genesis. Now ICR is joining the jihad. They say:
Respected guitarist and talented Christian songwriter Michael Gungor has recently made the news — not with his music, but with his outspoken rejection of a historical Genesis. Amid this contention, a Baptist church even canceled one of his gigs. Gungor cited science and reason for his position on Noah’s Ark.
We won’t quote much from ICR. Suffice it to say that they too are attacking the musicians. They drone on and on defending the tale of Noah’s Ark, which is too silly to copy here, and then they say, with our bold font:
The Gungors also wrote in their blog, “You can still love God and love people and read those early Genesis stories as myth with some important things to teach us.” Well, who says you can’t? But how worthy of love would a God be who can’t or won’t communicate clearly, or who lied about our beginnings on the very first pages of His book?
Aha — ICR claims that the Gungors think God is unworthy! Then phooey on them and their music!
Neither Hambo nor ICR makes an outright call for a boycott of the Gungors, but it’s certainly implied by their forceful disapproval. And then we found something in The Gospel Herald, which describes itself as “a leading online publication that brings you the most updated Chinese Christian issues around the globe.” Their article is Gungor Defends Faith, Says Band Is Part of a ‘Culture War’ They say:
Popular Christian music artist Michael Gungor recently appeared on the Bad Christian Podcast to address the negative reaction he received from blog posts sharing his beliefs concerning a literal account of creation and the flood in the book of Genesis.
The singer, who along with wife Lisa penned popular worship songs “Beautiful Things” and “Dry Bones,” came under fire after he admitted that he does not interpret the accounts of Noah and Adam and Eve literally. During the podcast, he defended his views and said he feels as though he is a part of a “culture war” between science and fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
Indeed, he is part of the culture war — at least as it’s being waged by Hambo and ICR. Let’s read on:
“If you asked any Christian before the Enlightenment, ‘What is the foundation of your faith?’ Everybody’s going to say Jesus Christ,” he said. “If you ask somebody now, especially an evangelical or fundamentalist, there’s a good chance they’re going to say the Bible.”
It’s surprising to see him mentioning the Enlightenment. We continue:
He said he feels he is a part of a “culture war,” where believers are leaving a fundamentalist belief system and embracing science. “These are issues that are kind of burning in the back of people’s minds that they just need to fight about right now,” he said. “I happen to be a convenient person to use as a scapegoat.”
Indeed. To people like Hambo, it’s gotta be his way or the highway — or rather, the Lake of Fire. Those who appreciate science, however, are content to leave creationists alone. Well, we ridicule them, but we don’t try to shut them down. They have a right to believe and preach as they do, as long as they don’t bother anyone else.
That’s all we have to say about this situation, but we’ll leave you with this one chilling thought: What would it be like if people like Hambo ever achieved political power?
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