Ham on Nye: What are we fighting for?

[credit for the clever play on “Ham on Rye” to my friend/writer Phil Fuller]

I’m not sure if anyone watched this debate last night but I certainly didn’t.  I could already predict the outcome: non-Christians won’t change their mind, and Christians won’t change their mind. Each side will mock and berate the other side. The clashing of logic and faith will rear its head in a public social outlet and ignite hatred, resentment, and controversy. Doing this in a public setting just brought to light the usual daily undertone that we ignore so as to not have it pervade our daily relationships with people of the opposite belief.  And yep, that’s just what happened.
I am a little startled by two things though:
1) Why did anyone think a debate between faith and science is interesting?
2) Where were all the Christians at?

I feel like this debate had no real substance. I don’t know who Ken Ham is, all I know is he owns a museum or something and he initiated and invited Bill Nye to the debate. Personally, I adore Bill Nye and totally find him very intelligent and respectable in his field. I’m sure Ken Ham is also respectable, so for two guys to think this was even worth anyone’s time I really feel like there were ulterior motives to this debate that I can’t even and don’t want to speculate about. But seriously, why was this debate interesting to anyone at all??

Listen, let’s use an electric vehicle as an example (just because I got a car again so I’m not hating on cars anymore.) Let’s say I have this cool electric vehicle and I’m drive-drive-driving very happily in some country where electric vehicles do not exist. I know I need to get to an energy source and charge up my car, so I go to an electric vehicle charging station (in this country that doesn’t have electric vehicles, I know, my logic is off but for the sake of my terrible argument, try to play along…) As I’m charging it with electricity, this village person comes and tries to sell me gasoline. I can tell him I don’t need gasoline, in fact even if I wanted it, it isn’t going to fuel my car. He can look at me cray-cray and say, “You think you’re charging it with electricity? You’re crazy, everyone knows that you fill a car with gasoline that is the absolute only way for a car to run. It is on what all motors are run on.” And I can try to explain electricity to this village person who has no idea what I’m talking about because he can’t see it, he can’t hear it, he can’t touch it, he can’t smell it, he doesn’t believe me. But it doesn’t matter because I know that by the time this conversation is done, my car is charged and I’m ready to go.

I don’t care what you have to say, I know God is real and I know I am loved and watched over by a being that is larger than myself. I can’t explain it to you if you don’t believe me and I don’t want to (this is why I’m really bad about sharing my faith which is an entirely different fault of mine I’m working on….). All I can do is show you by driving away in my electric vehicle that I did what I said I was doing with this thing that you don’t believe exists.  I think that the thing that people have the hardest time with is that something exists beyond their comprehension. You can try explaining calculus to me all day long and how its going to solve my question about *whatever calculus helps people with* but I’m not going to understand it. I’ll believe you but I don’t have to understand it. That’s faiiithhh. Haha.

My other concern is that all the comments I read on the video and on Facebook and articles about this whole debacle were mostly from non-Christians. Where were all the Christians at??  Why wasn’t anyone saying what I feel now, “The debate was stupid.” Maybe other Christians won’t agree with what I’m writing but someone out there must, and I didn’t see them bad-mouthing non-Christians. Or maybe that’s just it. We shouldn’t need the internet to validate our beliefs.

You cannot fight faith with science. Its like fighting oxygen with a baseball bat. Or trying to swim in a rock. Faith is having trust in something, even if its not right in front of you and you can’t prove it by touching it.

So after all that babble, I leave you with something real.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)