This past Sunday we examined Jesus' directive to "Love your enemies
and to pray for those who persecute you." The link to that sermon is here.
Maybe, you already saw it, but two days ago two 'enemies' met to debate their differences. Bill Nye 'the Science" guy and Ken Ham, the founder of AnswersinGenesis.com, met to debate the origins of the universe. Bill argued for evolution. Ken argued for creation as the Bible describes it.
If you missed it, here is the link.
Now these worldviews are completely opposite. And usually (if you have ever read the comments on an internet article of Creation or Evolution) people get upset at those who don't agree with them. Add tot he fact that thousands of eyes were watching, emotions were high, and the pressure was on. One would expect a war of words -- maybe even some vengeful phraseology.
But, to be fair, the debate was very well done. It was fairly respectful. Emotions were held in check. Viewpoints were discussed, examined, and countered. Thanks to both gentlemen for their work in this.
But as a Christian, I was particularly impressed with Ken Ham. He was debating with someone who had ridiculed the very faith that makes Mr. Ham who he is. Mr. Nye had gone on record to call Christianity and its teaching of Creation foolish and harmful to science. In short, he was debating with someone who has set himself up as an enemy of Christianity. (At the very least, Christian teaching.) If Mr. Ham would have been rude, I wouldn't have been surprised.
But Ken kept his cool. He spoke kindly. He spoke respectfully. He spoke lovingly. Even while he did not falter on the truths of Scripture! He warmly and unapologetically admitted, "The Bible is the Word of God. I admit that's where I start from."
I'm reminded of another Bible passage from Ephesians 4:15, "Speak the truth in love."
Take a look at the debate. As you watch, think for yourself: How would you have answered the questions and challenges of Mr. Nye in a loving and truthful way? How would you show love for your enemy and yet love for your Savior?
Then, pray. Pray that God works through this video to bring the love of Christ to all who do not yet know it. Pray that God provides more opportunities for Christians to speak the truth in public forums. Pray that God gives you opportunities (and courage) to speak the truth to the people you know and love. Pray that God gives you peace to speak these truths in love.
I know I need to pray that prayer too.