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There We Go Again

Just about the time everyone in the West gets used to the idea that we are the products of mere evolution,
some natural disaster occurs and then there we go again, acting like the image-bearers of God.

If human beings were really the products of evolution, and if our present condition had really been achieved through a process red with tooth and claw, then why, whenever a natural disaster threatens the wellbeing of people we don't even know, do we all suddenly want to help?

Indeed, why are those who generally hold the worldview cards - political leaders, the media, international types - among the ones who cry the loudest and plead the most earnestly for nations and individuals to rush aid to 20 million Pakistanis threatened by floods? Why should we care about 20 million Pakistanis? Isn't survival of the fittest the rule of thumb, and if they're not fit enough to survive on their own, well, why is that my problem? I mean, all these altruistic types act like I'm my brother's keeper, not his competitor.

And that, of course, is the reality. We are not mere animals competing with one another in a global struggle for space, sex, and supper. Human beings are the image-bearers of the God. We respond to suffering because God does. We hasten to help because God does. We rejoice with each soul who is saved because God does, and we are made in His image.

The theory of evolution cannot explain philanthropy, compassion, or sacrifice of comfort and ease in order to help a fellow human being in need. Only the Christian worldview can explain this impulse.

I just thought we should be reminded.

T. M. Moore
T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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