Grumpy Pastor didn’t watch the debate. The number one reason Grumpy Pastor didn’t watch it? Because he would have rather spent my time eating supper with his family. Really. Grumpy Pastor’s family had tacos. This was way better than watching two schlubs verbally duke it out.
The second and bigger reason Grumpy Pastor didn’t watch it? He wanted to watch this debate about as much as he wants to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Which is not at all. Grumpy Pastor has no desire whatsoever. He doesn’t like violence. And this debate, it isn’t any different than mixed martial arts in a cage. It might seem more eloquent and peaceful just because nobody is throwing punches. But really, it is the same thing. They are using words instead of fists.
There is going to be some internet-o-sphere activity about who is the victor. The agnostic/atheist/semi-against organized religion crowd is going to go ape over how their boy Nye was scientifically victorious over that uneducated jerk creationist. The bible believing church crowd is going to go gaga over their boy, Ken Ham, and how he put that science guy to shame with his mad bible skills. So these guys are going to fight. Battle lines are drawn. Their emotional allies will line up on Facebook and Twitter to lend their support.
And in the end, we all lose.
I didn’t watch the debate because I don’t believe in it. It’s a false debate. It’s a debate over things that don’t need to be debated. The organizers of this debate, the ones who want you to tune in, they want you to believe one-over-the other. They want you to believe their way is right and the one true way. They want you on their side. This makes Bill Nye and Ken Ham pretty similar. Both want to persuade you how right they are.
So how is it a false debate? Let me give you an example from Grumpy Pastor’s own faith and belief.
I pretty much agree with the likes of Bill Nye on evolution. I believe our universe is about 13 billion years old. I believe humans evolved from some pretty small cellular blobs, and really haven’t evolved much since. Does this mean somehow Genesis isn’t true? Nope. Not at all. Who created the Heavens and the Earth, and all the life that exists on this little blue dot? Well, it wasn’t Grumpy Pastor. Creating universes and life is a few levels above his pay grade. God created it, and hence, created Grumpy Pastor. Does Grumpy Pastor know all of the minute details of how the universe formed and how life came to be? Nope. Not at all. And he doesn’t need to. He leaves that quest to scientists. They are pretty good at seeking those things.
Since Grumpy Pastor believes in evolution, what about those Christians who believe in a 6 day creation account? Or those atheists/agnostics who don’t believe in Genesis as Grumpy Pastor does, that God created us? You know what? Okay. Keep on believing what you believe. Grumpy Pastor isn’t going to waste his energy on trying to change your mind… because your mind probably won’t be changed. And that is okay. Furthermore, chances are good that Grumpy Pastor will be okay, in spite of you believing something else. He might even invite you out for coffee or something to get to know you. If you are over the age of 21, he might even buy you a beer.
It’s a false debate because the world wants you to believe that science and faith are incompatible. Belief and observation are not done in a vacuum. They will inform each other, and always will.