There’s a typical rant at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
You can read it here: Loss of Religious Freedom in the USA. Even the title is absurd, because no one is losing his religious freedom. Hambo certainly isn’t. But instead of dismissing this as the usual creationist balderdash, let’s try to figure out what ol’ Hambo is really complaining about. He begins, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
I have been saying for years that the topics of creation, evolution, and the age of earth all relate to an authority issue: who is the ultimate authority in this world, God or man?
Translation: What will you believe — the raving of some preacher-man waving a bible around, or the verifiable facts of reality, painstakingly discovered by scientists over a period of centuries?
Okay, next excerpt:
It’s the battle that has been going on for 6,000 years since the devil tempted Eve stating that “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). In Genesis 3:1, the devil attacked the authority of God’s Word, saying to Eve, “Did God really say?” So his first attack in the world was one directed at the Word of God. That attack has not let up since Genesis. The battle for 6,000 years has been one between God’s Word and man’s word. It’s the same attack happening around us today.
Translation: Same as before. Let’s read on:
Sadly, much of the church has surrendered in this battle, allowing man’s fallible word to be used in judgment over God’s infallible Word. The church did this starting in the 1800s when so many leaders and others compromised God’s Word in Genesis with evolution, millions of years, or both.
Translation: Some churches aren’t as stridently anti-reality as Hambo would like them to be. Hambo wants everyone to think the way he wants them to think — but they won’t do it! This is an outrage!
The rant continues:
As a result of this surrender by much of the church, we have seen the erosion of biblical authority in the culture.
Translation: As people refuse to deny reality, preachers like Hambo are losing their power and influence.
And the more the culture determines that its worldview is built on man’s Word instead of God’s Word, the more we will see the collapse of the Christian worldview and increasing moral relativism. At the same time, we will see an increasing intolerance of the Christian worldview and a growing loss of religious freedom, as those intolerant of Christianity impose their anti-God worldview on the culture.
Translation: Same as before. Ol’ Hambo is worried that people like him are becoming irrelevant. And he’s right. But no one interferes with Hambo’s website ministry, and no one tells him how to run his Creation Museum. He has total freedom to operate his rural tourist attraction any way he likes. He knows that too.
What really bothers him is that except for his drooling customers, the rest of the world ignores him. He’s irrelevant, he knows it, and he can’t stand it.
That’s where we’ll quit, because the remainder of his little essay is about the recent Hobby Lobby decision, which doesn’t interest us.
So where are we after dissecting Hambo’s latest post? All his ranting about man versus god really boils down to Hambo versus reality. Deep down, Hambo knows that he’s on the losing side.
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