Today’s letter-to-the-editor — it’s actually a column — appears in Daily Press of Victorville, California. The title is Compromised worship of the worthy creator, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.
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 Michael Chandler, pastor of Victor Valley Bible Church. The church’s website says the rev has been “been faithfully shepherding the Victor Valley Bible Church since December, 1996.” We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
The most important verse in the Bible asserts, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). … Christians typically believe in God as creator, but many have coddled the so-called scientific claims of evolution. [Oh no!] They believe that God used the millions of years processes of evolution to arrive at the present order of things.
Millions of years? Evolution? Those people are fools! The rev says:
Charles Darwin himself set out to be in the ministry, but became critical of Scripture and was attracted more to natural science. [He was led astray.] Finally, though married to a devout Christian, the death of his oldest daughter, Annie, disillusioned his already weakened belief in God. He then felt compelled to publish his major work, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life” (Sept. 24, 1859).
Darwin should have been a preacher. The rev tells us:
Before publication, during an 1838 visit to the London Zoo, Darwin observed apparent emotions in captive orangutans. To him “this was not anthropomorphism — the imposing human experiences on non-humans. Instead, he was convinced that orangutans and humans had similar emotions because they shared a common ancestor,” according to a 2015 National Geographic report.
Darwin was truly misguided. The rev continues:
I know that I’m plucking an old harp here, but your Christian children are still taught evolution by their public high school science teachers. [It’s still taught?] You may be persuaded by the historic encroachments of evolutionary thought, and your pastor may even be a mild, or even a sold out, evolutionist. [Gasp!] My friend, there is no room in the biblically-founded mind for evolutionary propaganda at any level.
You must purge your mind of evolutionary propaganda, dear reader. Let’s read on:
The theory of evolution blasphemes the God of creation and belittles man, whom he created in his image.
Aaaargh!! Evolution blasphemes God and belittles man! Another excerpt:
Colossians 1:16 speaks of our savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, saying, “By Him all things were created … All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things consist.” … God created man in his image and to suggest that lower life forms evolved into a present state of rational/moral higher animals robs glory from Christ the creator.
Any disagreement with that will surely lead you to the Lake of Fire! Here’s more:
The oppressions of slavery, the holocaust, ethnic cleansing and abortion have natural selection underpinnings [Gasp!], and the blood of it all as [sic] on the heads of the godless scientific community.
Scientists are monsters! And now we come to the end:
Christians, let us worship the true God, bowing before the Lord our maker, for it is he who has made us and not we ourselves (Ps 100). The one who uniquely made us is worthy of our praise, so let us not trample the glory of his creation by compromising with the claims of false science.
You must abandon your false science, dear reader — otherwise you are surely doomed!
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