In spite of the narrow area of our interests that we disagree about, it’s also good (and Biblically mandated) to list the much bigger parts that we like about other Christians (and people God has put on this Earth with us).
I’d like to list all the things we like about Answers In Genesis in this thread (no snarky asides, please. I would like this thread to be only about positives).
- AiG (and Ken Ham) is a strong voice against racism
- AiG’s mission is to strengthen Christ’s church–something we agree on
- AiG provides another perspective on Biblical interpretation. As Jared Byas says, I learn from everyone I speak with. Not only does this broaden my point of view, but it’s an exercise in critical thinking.
- AiG and all YECs (Young Earth Creationists) are, so to speak, me (as I was as a teen); and as many of my closest family and church friends are now. They have wonderful hearts, would give the shirt off their back for the poor, support the persecuted Church everywhere, and often see the purpose of serving God as much higher than anything they would pursue selfishly (a strong witness in the worldly nation we live in today).
Make no mistake; I believe in evolution. I also trust God is good, and want to serve him with all my heart, as do my YEC brothers and sisters.
In any area of difficulty, not only can we pray together for wisdom, but we can learn by discussion. As Randal Rauser puts it, we can communicate by “steel manning,” (arguing from the other’s perspective), rather that “straw manning.”
May we continue to learn how to love those believers (and others) with whom we disagree. At the end of the day, as with my beloved church and family, I know we would sit in a pew, praise God, and break bread and take Communion together.