Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Pastor Tom Walker of the Heritage Lutheran Church. 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!
The letter begins with a bible quote, which sets the tone for what follows:
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).
Then the rev says:
Our Christian children have it easy. That is, they have it easy when it comes to life’s biggest question. Where did creation come from? Our children do not need to wonder about this. There are no complex myths to swallow. There is no pantheon of gods to learn about. There is really nothing mysterious or complex about the answer to this question. The answer is simply, “God made it.” Nothing could be simpler.
Yup — that’s the answer. After that he tells us:
Now, the world will try to pry this understanding out of our children’s hands in any way possible. Chiefly it will try to discredit God’s Word in scripture. Children who know scripture, those who learn to read it and study it, will hear God’s voice in their lives, and they will know that God is the father almighty who created heaven and earth.
The world is evil! The rev continues:
The world will also try to use twisted logic to confuse our children about how God our father almighty made all of creation. For this reason we must bend every effort to teach our children to think clearly and logically. They must know how to find truth in language and to detect falsehood. We must teach them to think and reason for themselves so that they are not defenseless in the face of the world’s untruth about God.
It’s difficult to teach children “to think clearly and logically” and “to think and reason for themselves,” and at the same time to know that Genesis is correct, but that’s the task the rev imposes on his church. Let’s read on:
The world will also try to use false interpretations of science and technology to undercut our children’s faith.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The children must beware of science. And yet, in what seems like a contradiction, the rev also says:
Children must learn that science is a wholesome enterprise ordained by God for truth-seeking. They must not fear its findings because our almighty father wants to lay bare the underpinnings of creation for his children. He wants us to know and understand science so that we can better know and understand him.
Ah, we think we understand. It’s creation science that the rev wants children to learn. He makes that clear in one of his sermons which we found at his church’s website: Faith in a Scientific Era, where he declares:
There are many members of the scientific community who are also people of faith. …. Some of these scientists have begun inquiry into a set of theories that are collectively called “Intelligent Design.” These scientists engage in the of scientific study of things that suggest a divine intelligence behind creation. … For instance, Intelligent Design studies evolution and the fossil records concluding that careful research shows that origin of life in evolution is not accidental. In fact, the repeated failure to scientifically substantiate a random beginning for life and the fossil record itself raises critical issues that point toward an intelligent designer behind evolution, not random chance.
Okay, back to the rev’s letter:
God preserves our bodies and souls, our minds, our reasoning and our senses. He works minute by minute to shape us according to his unique design.
It’s so wonderful! Here’s more:
God did not just create heaven and earth, but he created them for us. This is the most important point to teach our children. We are placed inside creation in order to sense it and to receive it as a gift from our almighty father’s hand.
Yes — creation is all about us! And now we come to the end:
Our role in all of this is to thank, praise, serve and obey him. This is the only proper way to respond to God who is our Father Almighty. In this way we truly become what we are meant to be now and in eternity.
Very inspirational. Great letter, rev!
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