Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Sanford Herald of Sanford, North Carolina — known throughout North Carolina as the geographic center of the state. The letter is titled: What marvelous creations humans are!
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But there’s no problem this time. The letter-writer is a preacher — the Rev. D.E. Parkerson, retired pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sanford. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Those who choose to believe that human life on earth is the result of accidental changes that took place without deliberate and intelligent design over eons of time are welcome to do so. I choose to believe that you and I were created by a loving and thoughtful God.
That’s up to the rev. If Oogity Boogity makes him happy, it’s okay with us. The universe doesn’t care what we think, or even if we think. But anyone who wants to understand it needs to learn how to think. Anyway, then the rev says:
However many years or millions of years He chose in order for that to happen is His business, not mine. It simply does not matter. He created each human being in His spiritual image and housed that likeness within a physical body.
Gasp! He said “millions of years.” According to hard-core creationists like ol’ Hambo, that’s blasphemy. Let’s read on:
Have you ever given serious thought to what a marvelous and miraculous creation you are — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Your complexity is unexcelled by the government organization of any nation on earth. There is within your physical body a microcosm of mankind.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What a comparison! No creationist has ever claimed that we are more complex than a governmental agency. That’s really complex! And did you ever suspect that your body is is a microcosm of mankind?
Then the rev spends a few paragraphs dishing out a bunch of anatomical statistics — the number of blood vessels in your skin, the number of heartbeats per minute, the number of bones in a human body, cells, molecules, etc. Is there any point to reciting all those statistics? Yes indeed — a vital point! The rev tells us:
Your body contains such an awe-inspiring world that that it must be governed. Every organization or group must have structure or it will collapse. No nation can exist and prosper if its internal affairs are controlled by outside influences. A community that is not controlled is soon controlled by anarchists. Misrule becomes the rule. That is as true of a human body as it is of an entire nation.
Your carcass needs to be governed! Otherwise — what? — all your parts will start fighting with each other or something. That would be anarchy! The rev continues:
This leads to a very important question: Who is in control of your life? How you answer that question matters a great deal. No external influence can dominate you without your consent. Your feelings, emotions and sentiments are not determined by what happens around you as much as by the decisions you make and the attitude you display. You are no one’s marionette unless you choose to be.
Aha — it’s all about control. Well, dear reader, who controls you? Is it you? Is it Obama? Is it Darwin? The rev gives the answer:
God created you not just as a physical being but also as a spiritual being. This means that you are a moral agent — you have the power to choose. It is why Jesus spoke of the importance of being born from within. And, according to the Bible it is why, as unique as you already are, you cannot and will not ever become all that God created you to be until you have accepted Jesus Christ, His Son, as Savior and Lord.
Uh … okay, that makes sense. And now we come to the end:
Hopefully you have already made this decision and are actively serving Him. If not, you need to know that even though He loves you, He will not force Himself on you. You must choose to open the door and invite Him in (Revelation 3:20). You can make that decision today — in fact, this very moment! The time is definitely coming when you will no longer have the opportunity. It could happen much sooner than you realize. Think about it!
There may still be time to get control of yourself, dear reader. All your cells and bones and things need to be governed. Heed the rev’s advice.
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