So today at church the pastor made a comment about scientists/biologists. It wasn't the first time I'd heard it, but I think it's the first time I've heard it since I've had a blog. Now, I'd just like to say the rest of his sermon was good, it was just that this one thing that killed me.
Now, I've heard this a lot. I once saw a part of seminar on creation entitled Can A Biologist Be a Christian? I am serious. What I wanted to say was "hell yes!" but since it was a Presbyterian church and they are more conservative than Baptists I just nodded my head like a bobble doll during a car crash. My neck pretty much came unhinged.
Here's the thing, I'm not a great singer. If you saw me in the '07 production of VHS Seven Brides for Seven Brothers then you can attest to this. I had a ton of fun, but I wasn't exactly stealing the show with my incredible voice. I sing at church and it's praise and all, but only God appreciates it. I don't play instruments well. A lot of people worship that way and that's great. I am a little jealous of people who really worship with their hands in the air and swaying to the music. When I raise my hands in worship, I have this sudden fear that I'm going to be called on...by Jesus...and then what if I don't know the answer?? It's just not how I worship.
I worship and marvel at God's creation. I read the original Watson and Crick paper that set out the structure of DNA. Here's a confession: I cried. Like great big tears. It was stunningly elegant. I could just see God's fingerprints in the simplicity of the structure. I worship through science. I see evidence of God there. Reading genetics papers is actually a form of worship for me. I cry, pray, the whole nine yards.
You can see now, that I would be offended to hear someone question whether you can be Christian and a biologist. I have Never seen a passage that made these mutually exclusive. You wouldn't question a businessman's faith even if behind the scene he is embezzling millions of dollars. You wouldn't question a doctor's faith even though they stereotypically have a God complex. It's frustrating. So here it is: I'm not a godless heathen. I love Jesus. I love science. The natural world doesn't conflict with my beliefs, it supports them. So grrr!