By Bryan Fischer
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Pew Research recently conducted a poll, examining the
mindset of the American people with regard to the evolution/creation issue. One
finding in particular stands out: despite 100 years of relentless brainwashing
and indoctrination, just 32% of the American people believe that man evolved
through entirely natural processes, with no direction or assistance from God.
Thirty-three percent of us hold the biblical view, that man
is today just as he was when he came into being at the dawn of creation, and
another 24% believe that while man evolved, God was directing every step in the
evolutionary advance of life. (I am not a theistic evolutionist, because I
believe that position represents both bad theology and bad science.)
The United States was founded on a profoundly religious
concept, that there is a Creator - with a capital “C” - who is the source of
every one of our “unalienable rights.” An “unalienable” right is one from which
we cannot be alienated by any human authority, because it is a gift to us from God.
According to the Founders, man is not an evolved being, he
is a “created” being, and as such the recipient of certain fundamental,
unalterable, unchangeable human and civil rights. These rights, according to
the Founders, fall into three categories: the right to life, liberty and
property (what the Founders meant by “the pursuit of happiness”).
Because these rights are the gift of God, no government, in
fact, no earthly power, has the moral authority to strip us of these rights.
The Founders made it clear that the purpose of government is
to “secure” these fundamental rights, not to grant them. It’s role is not to
bestow rights but to guarantee them.
In other words, it is government’s responsibility to pursue
justice any time the rights of its citizens to life (murder, abortion, assault)
or liberty (kidnapping) or property (theft) have been transgressed.
Now whether a candidate for public office believes in
naturalistic evolution or in creation is of enormous importance in regard to
his fitness to wield political power. This is simply because if a man does not
believe our rights come to us from a creator God, the only other place they can
come from is government.
The rights that God gives to us can never be taken away. But
what government gives, government can take away.
In other words, if a man believes that government is the
agency that grants us our rights, not a single one of them is safe in his
Our rights are only safe in the hands of a statesman who has
a profound respect for God as the source of all that exists and in particular
as the source of our human rights. A man who understands that he has a sacred
and therefore profound obligation to that creator God to protect the rights
that God has given to human beings.
I would submit that no man who is an evolutionist is fit to
hold public office in the United States. This is for the simple and
straightforward reason that he does not believe in the most basic and
fundamental American political principle, that rights come from God. A man who
does not understand that and does not believe that as a matter of conviction
cannot be trusted with political power.
A brief glance at the atheistic, totalitarian regimes of the
20th century (Nazi Germany, Communist China, the USSR, etc.) and the 170
million innocents who were cruelly deprived of the right to life is all the
evidence you need of the truth of this proposition.
Am I suggesting a law prohibiting evolutionists from running
for office? Of course not. Am I urging the American people never to put
political power in the hands of someone who thinks we are the descendants of
apes and baboons? Absolutely.
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)