This last weekend, my wife and I took our daughters to an art museum. As we were walking from gallery to gallery, enjoying the art from the past several centuries, my eye caught a particular painting. At first, I noticed this work because of the peculiar scene of monkeys dressed in human clothing. Since we have a two year old, the theme of any trip is to “keep it moving,” so I knew that I needed to be careful not to spend too much time studying this picture, but I am glad that I took the time to learn more about the background of this fascinating piece of art.
The painting is called THE DISCOVERY OF ADAM. The artist, William Holbrook Beard, created this artwork 32 years after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
This was my favorite painting in the entire museum. I could have spent quite a while gazing at the details of the ironic picture. In the few minutes I was able to study it, I noticed the following: Seven monkeys dressed in suits were standing on a beach poking at, observing, discussing and wondering what this turtle-like creature could be on the shore. As I looked closely at this creature, the shell had the inscription of 2000 000[0?] / B C / Adam. And in the background of the painting, I saw pterodactyls fighting.
What truth was the artist trying to convey? I believe he was trying to show us that civilized monkeys of ancient times could no more believe that they descended from such a primitive Adam than logical human beings could accept that human beings evolved from monkeys.
The painting is a brilliant display of rational thinking. The persuasive power of this painting proves how important art is to every culture and civilization. Art can often shout the truth of a situation louder than a thousand page book on the same subject.
The rest of the afternoon, my mind continued to shift towards this picture of a strange turtle surrounded by monkeys. On the long drive back home, I kept picturing this painting and the significance of it in my own life as a believer in a Creator. I thought about how the acceptance of the idea of random, chaotic evolution has changed our nation’s culture. As I kept staring ahead into the endless miles of highway, I couldn’t stop thinking about how this lie, called evolution, has changed America’s philosophy in almost every fundamental area over the last century. This fundamental shift from believing in an “intelligent designer” to a meaningless “big bang” has brought about some of the most horrific justifications any civilization has ever encountered.
Our nation has shifted from living out a “Creator Worldview” to a “Darwinian Worldview” and the change is shocking. Allow me to present a few examples.
Our nation once believed that all human life is sacred because God made humans in His own image. This gave humans significance and inherent value from the time they were in their mother’s wombs to the moment they breathed their last breath confined to a hospital bed. Today, our nation teaches us that life evolved through chance, and is therefore meaningless and purposeless and abortion is an acceptable option since the forming animal inside of you is merely tissue.
Our nation once believed that death was not the end, and that heaven or hell awaited the human soul because the Creator has placed something eternal within each human. Today, our nation teaches us that this life is all there is; therefore, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die and will return to the dust and exist no more.
Our nation once believed that the Creator set a standard by which all humans were to live by and that standard was written on each of our hearts.
Today, our nation teaches us that there is no God and therefore no standard by which to live.
This belief system has given us situational ethics where everyone is allowed to make their own decisions based upon their own convictions. Anyone with the ability to think logically should be horrified at this reality. Sadly, we are witnessing this take place in many, if not most of our universities. Students are paying thousands of dollars to be brainwashed into thinking that everyone can believe whatever they want and that it will not affect anyone around them.
Our nation once believed that the Creator, as part of His creation, gave us the gift of marriage between a man and a woman. Within this union, a family could be born. Today, our nation teaches us that marriage and family are relative terms and the definition of each can be changed depending on our belief system. If we have simply evolved over millions of years, then marriage is also something that can and should evolve over time. This is why many are fighting for marriage to be a thing of the past and for us instead to tap into our animalistic instinct to breed with whomever we want whenever we want. I am appalled at what is subtly taught about the family unit in many cartoons and consistently have to discuss these godless viewpoints with my children after we watch an episode of a seemingly innocent television show. The Evil One understands that the foundation of civility rests upon the shoulders of the family unit and if this family unit can be destroyed, then most of the other institutions of this nation will follow suit.
Our nation once believed that the Creator presented humanity (Adam and Eve) with the first set of clothing after sin entered the world and shame entered the human heart in realizing nakedness. Today, our nation has turned the shame of public nakedness into a billion dollar industry. The bold acceptance of pornography in our nation proves that humans are simply animals to look at and lust after with no consequences to his or her actions. But with this acceptance, people are learning false intimacy. More alarming is the fact that many individuals are solely committed to a computer screen and find their satisfaction through a fake, touched up photo of someone who doesn’t really exist. This digital depravity can trace it roots to rejecting the idea that God made human beings with dignity.
Our nation once believed that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This belief was reinforced in the late 1800s when the Statue of Liberty stood for this important aspect of the gospel: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” Just read the Bible…the poor is important to God. But today, there seems to be a great neglect of the poor. Could it be that many people, including Christians, live out the idea of the survival of the fittest? How many people have simply blamed the poor for being poor, saying things like, “If they would not be lazy, then they would not be poor.” It takes a wise and discerning heart to differentiate between “the poor” and “the lazy,” and tragically, our nation is filling up with “the lazy” at an alarming pace. But this doesn’t mean that our hearts shouldn’t respond to those who are genuinely in need.
Could it be true that the theory of evolution is responsible for the justification of abortion, promotion of existentialism, empowering selfishness, the breakdown of the family, the booming industry of pornography, and the neglect of the poor? I am not saying that these issues have not been problematic in past civilizations. But I am saying that our cultural values have changed. And I believe that the fundamental question that we all must ask is this: is there a God who created all of this stuff, or did I evolve from a monkey? Depending upon how you answer, I can tell you where you reside upon most of the plagues of our society.
Could it be that the answer to the problems in our society is a belief in God? But not just any god…the God of the Universe who is named Jesus Christ. Could it really be this simple? Until we are ready to face this truth, we will continue to crumble from within.
Lately, I have heard from many people that their greatest hope is that everyone in the United States could just come together and be unified in some kind of harmonious agreement. It appears that the divide in America is getting greater by the day. “Can’t we all just get along?” we plead to each other. Is it even possible for everyone to just come back together? Is this even what Christians should hope for? The answer is a resounding “No!” I would like to present a more divine approach. We should hope for people to turn to God before we believe that they will ever consider coming together in unity. Until people see the light of their Creator shining through the darkness into their soul, there is not much hope that they will live out the will of God.
Our only hope is for people to turn their hearts to God. Two conflicting philosophies will never live in harmony together. Start praying for people to awaken to the truth so that they realize that they have a loving Creator who made them and has a purpose for them that is greater than what they can even imagine. This is the hope we can hold onto, and this will be my prayer every time I see our country sinking deeper into division. Simply stated, our hope is GOD.