Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the NewsPress of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Actually, it’s a column, but we’ll treat it as a letter. It’s titled The one thing you don’t have to see to believe. The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Sandy, and the newspaper says she writes about family. Isn’t that nice?
Sandy doesn’t specifically say she’s a creationist, but you’ll see that it’s a safe assumption. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I never was very good at science, geography or math. Come to think of it, the only class I didn’t sleep through was English. Who would have guessed, although my ears did perk up this week when they started talking about getting close enough to Pluto to take photos. I don’t need to see photos of the other planets to believe they really exist or there really aren’t any aliens. I just believe. I don’t need science to prove to me how the earth turns or stays on its axis. I just believe.
We are dealing with a major intellectual force here, dear reader. Let’s read on:
Being able to come up with theories about how Earth was created or how we exist is easy. The hard part is believing, without needing to have an explanation.
So true! And Sandy is good at it. She tells us:
I’m not carrying on about Pluto because I don’t care about science, I just don’t want to lose focus of the big picture.
Sandy cares only about the big picture. And what would that be? She continues:
As I listened to the report on Pluto, I thought of how grateful I am to have faith that God oversees everything on this planet and beyond. For goodness sake, how scary would it be if we were leaving it up to chance that the sun keeps shining or the Earth continues to rotate. Science may have an explanation of how it all works together, but if you don’t have faith God created the universe, I would think any other theory would keep you up at night.
Admit it, dear reader — she’s right! Here’s more:
It wasn’t that many years ago people would claim to be Christians just so they could be part of the group society looked up to. Nowadays it feel as though we’ll be ridiculed if we stand up and say,” I believe in God.” Sometimes it feels as though we’re losing the battle as teachers get into trouble for holding a prayer in school and there’s been grumblings about taking the words “In God We Trust” off coins and bills.
Yes, it’s an outrage! Moving along:
The stories in the Bible can be scary at times, especially when the people showed their lack of belief and faith. Sometimes God had to step in and turn their worlds upside down just to get them to listen.
Ah, that explains so much! Another excerpt:
No one can predict what God has planned for us individually, or as a nation, but I’m beginning to think he’s trying to tell us something and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
Ooooooooooooooh — something bad may be coming! And this is how it ends:
Thank goodness we don’t have to travel 3 billion miles to prove God truly exists, all we have to do is look in the mirror and just believe.
Wonderful! We’ve seen creationists tell us that for evidence, all we need to do is look out the window, but this is the first time we’ve been told that the evidence is in the mirror. Nice letter, Sandy!
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