This is about an article by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. He also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
The title of ol’ Hambo’s article asks a profound question: Can God Call Someone To Be a Creation Scientist? Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s answer, with bold font added by us:
It is so thrilling to hear of young kids who want to be creation scientists. I have met so many of these youngsters at the Creation Museum.
Aaaargh!! It appears that one man’s thrill can be another man’s horror. Hambo continues:
God is certainly raising up those in the coming generations who will stand for the Lord and His Word. Here is an exciting email we received this week:
What follows are excerpts from what Hambo claims is the “exciting” email he received. The ellipses are in Hambo’s post:
. . . my family and I are Baptist missionaries serving on the island of Barbados, West Indies . . . For quite some time now, our ten year old son has had a great interest in science and the things around him.
So far, so good. The email goes on:
This past summer during Vacation Bible School, he asked my wife, “Mom, can God call someone to be a creation scientist — someone who preaches and teaches to defend God’s Word and creation?”
How would you react to such a question from your child, dear reader? Probably not in a way that would be featured in Hambo’s blog. The email continues:
She assured him that God could do so, and that we both would be very proud if God called him to be a creation scientist.
Aaaargh!! Here’s more, and the bracketed expression is in the original:
So it was a great thrill to our family when earlier this month we were able to visit the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. It was further heightened when we were able to hear you speak and [our son was] able to take a picture with you!
Wow — just think of it! They not only got to hear ol’ Hambo speak, but they also got a picture of their son with the great creationist. Here’s how the email ends:
We would appreciate so much your prayers that God would continue to lead in our son’s life that God might use him in a way to bring honor and glory to Himself.
We assume they’re asking for Hambo’s prayers that their son will grow up to be a creation scientist. Here’s Hambo’s response:
Yes, we do need to pray for God’s continual leading in this young man’s life (and the lives of so many other like-minded kids).
Your Curmudgeon is very moved by this lad’s looming plunge into the pit of creation science. So moved, in fact, that we have received an inspiration. Thus we announce:
We are grateful to AIG for leading us to this profound insight. Keep up the good work, Hambo!
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