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A Step Beyond
Intelligent design in schools was the subject of a recent radio interview with Dr. Jeff Zweerink. His conversation with radio host Michelle Mendoza of Live from Seattle transcended the question “Should ID be allowed in the classroom?” to, more importantly, “How are we presenting ourselves when we are trying to reach the culture for Christ?”
Here are three practical points to consider that emerged from this discussion:
- Accept what is, then use wisdom — Once we accept that our culture has become antagonistic towards Christianity, we can consider how to be wise in our conversations. “Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves,” Matthew 10:16b.
- Meet people where they are — We can’t beat people with our Bibles if we want to win hearts. As missionaries, we need to understand and speak the culture of those we are trying to reach. “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some,” 1 Corinthians 9:22.
- All truth is God’s truth — Intelligent design isn’t currently allowed in classrooms per se, but all good science is. We can share science, creation, all truth with wisdom, and God is revealed. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse,” Romans 1:20.
This week, look for opportunities to enter into true conversations—ones where you both speak and listen. Consciously make efforts to understand the other person and use gentleness and wisdom when sharing.