Haiti, Avatar … and the War of Worldviews
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
In his famous second inaugural address Abraham Lincoln spoke of the Civil War as a divine judgment on our nation for slavery. His point in the famous speech was the biblical principle that “we reap what we sow” and that we should thus proceed with repentance, humility and kindness in the face of God’s righteousness and sovereignty.
The response of Christian Americans to the devastating earthquake in Haiti has been quite admirable and in the same spirit as Lincoln’s remarks. But our culture today – with its culture-war between the godless segment of society and a God-fearing segment – interferes with the outward expression of a Lincoln-style analysis. This has been evident in the reporting of the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath.
No longer can we talk about a national calamity in terms of God’s judgment without ridicule. The secularists and multiculturalists wish to make no moral conclusions regarding the natural disaster or the disproportionate damage due to a dysfunctional society. Different cultures should all be regarded as equal, and everything should be explained by chance circumstances and “science.”
That last highlighted phrase is exactly the way many folks would justify a belief in evolution. In fact, “chance” is the god of evolution (working through natural selection and mutation), and its pseudo-science is given a scientific credibility it doesn’t deserve. But chance and this kind of “science” force God out of the picture – and that is intentional!
As with evolution, many people think science has earthquakes all figured out. But this is not true. Electromagnetic fields, seismic patterns, ground movement, weather conditions, radon or hydrogen gas content of soil or ground water, water well levels, animal behavior, and the phases of the moon have all been used in modern times to try to predict earthquakes – but to no avail. Only for very well-understood fault-lines can seismic maps estimate a probability over a certain number of years that an earthquake of a given size will affect a location.
Forcing God out of the picture also dictates that we can’t claim one culture or religion is better than another; that we shouldn’t argue in favor of cultivating biblical principles over other traditions. Yet Haiti’s history/culture/society is a clear case of how the repudiation of biblical principle has led to human misery – from voodoo and pacts with the devil, throwing out the church in its own revolution as did the French in theirs, to systemic corruption and abuse of the poor by its ruling class who keep cheap labor available and profits up with 80% illiteracy and monopolies in business.
Haiti's horrendous death toll and cataclysmic damage must be at least partly blamed on a history of bad policies and corruption pursued by its own leadership. Choices have consequences. Living by or in repudiation of the Ten Commandments has consequences – both for individuals and nations. And if godlessness and multicultural political correctness are thoroughly sewn into the social fabric of this country, then you can bet that America will reap a justly deserved demise. This time, though, the judgment will not be for slavery – it will be for a general repudiation of the living God and Creator. Support for the new politically correct paganism comes from evolution – a classic replacement of God with the “creature.”
Though the Bible tells us that the invisible attributes of God are clearly seen, “being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20), men gravitate by their own rebellious foolishness toward pantheism and other forms of paganism, and this has been the tendency throughout the history of the human race. By an act of their rebellious will, men refuse to acknowledge God, plunge into foolish and futile thinking, and exchange the true incorruptible God for an image from nature of “the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).
In the recent blockbuster movie Avatar – which surpassed Titanic to become the highest money-making film of all time – director James Cameron created a computer-generated fantasy world of pantheism where it appears quite noble and idyllic to live primitively as “one with nature” – in trees, hunting for your food daily with a bow and arrow. But contrast Avatar’s world with the real world – with Haiti, for example – where most of the people have lived about as primitive an existence as you will find. And it is far from noble.
Furthermore, the aid flowing into Haiti following the earthquake is not coming from people who live in trees and hunt for their food as in Avatar. It is coming primarily from Christians and countries whose developed civilization has been the result of the biblical principle that man has dominion over nature – NOT that he is one with it. The same principles that have led to the harnessing of nature to produce electricity, refrigeration and earthquake-resistant construction have also led to increased food production, medicines, conservation of resources and wealth in general. Pantheism only works in the movies. In real life, the result of pantheism is poverty and suffering.
Yet the secularists of today want to push us in the direction of a new paganism, repudiating a biblical worldview with their propaganda. Evolution is the support. The truth of theism becomes replaced by the lie of humanism or pantheism. The Creator is replaced by the creature. They say, “Don’t analyze world events as Lincoln did. Instead, look to nature, chance and ‘science’ – via evolution.”
At Creation Moments we stand against the foundations of the insidious political correctness and propaganda of our day. And we proclaim the truth that God is who the Bible says He is! Please help us in this great mission for our times by prayerfully discerning how the Lord may prompt you to support our ministry. Thank you and God bless you!