May 28th, 2014 | By admin
By Paul Holland
In 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin were running against Obama and Biden, we were watching a news program. The interviewer (I do not recall who it was) interviewed Matt Damon on his opinion about the race. To this day, I do not know why anyone would care what a Hollywood elite would think about politics. Regardless, Damon made a statement then that has stayed with me. He said something to the effect, “I want to know if Sarah Palin thinks this world is only 6,000 years old. I really want to know. Because it would impact how she would act as Vice President.” Those certainly are not his exact words but those were his sentiments.
For one thing, I’m not sure his reasoning follows. Be that as it may, would one’s view of the week of creation impact your vote?
While we were in Romania on our mission trip last summer, I read a book by Dr. Ben Carson entitledAmerica the Beautiful. It was a heart-warming book written within the mainstream of historical, patriotic America. Dr. Carson was head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital from where he recently retired after thirty-five years. A movie was made of his life – which is inspiring in itself – as he was the first to successfully separate twins joined at the head.
There has been talk recently about Dr. Carson running for President in 2016. It may be all hype in order to promote his most recent book, One Nation. In that book, he states, “I have not felt called to run. …I certainly would not hesitate to do so” (xxvi). This was just a few pages after he points out that FIVE (his emphasis) doctors signed the Declaration of Independence as well as some doctors being involved in designing the Constitution.
So, with keen interest, I bought Dr. Carson’s book,One Nation. To my pleasant surprise, Dr. Carson deals with evolution at the end of his book, in a chapter entitled “The Origin of Morality.” He makes these two profound statements in his first two sentences: “…opposed to traditional morality is another form of religion… This religious belief is the theory of evolution” (195).
Most of this section of this chapter is devoted to an argument for the existence of God based on the existence of basic human morality. But I love the statement on page 196: “I believe that God created the earth six thousand years ago.” Well, he just lost Matt Damon’s vote! How much courage does it take someone to make a claim like that? Especially if he has any inclination to run for president! (Not to mention what he has to say about homosexuality, pages 194-195!)
In all honesty, he goes on to say that God could havemade the earth in billions of years. There is no biblical or scientific possibility for that to be true. Yet, the implication is that he believes the testimony of Scripture, pure and simple.
One more statement from Dr. Carson: “The fact that I and millions of others believe that God created the earth and everything on it in an orderly fashion is no more antiscience than believing that something came from nothing, exploded and formed a perfectly organized solar system and universe, particularly in light of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that things tend to move toward a state of disorder” (197).
If staying abreast of potential presidential candidates’ beliefs and convictions interests you, you may want to read Carson’s book, One Nation. I, for one, would prefer having a president who believes the Bible than one who consistently leaves out references to God even as he quotes America’s foundational documents!
I have watched and followed Dr. Carson for several years. His humbleness is to be admired, although some would not look at it the positive light. I have been inspired by his commitment to uphold his beliefs. Guess Matt Damon wouldn’t vote for him, but I would!