Marco Rubio is getting beaten up by the press for not decisively and convincingly saying he thinks the world is billions of years old. To a growing number of secularists, there is only one acceptable answer. The preachers of tolerance have grown intolerant of faith.
Faith and science do not have to be mutually incompatible. I am a big believer in both Christ and science. The only people pushing that one is incompatible with the other are those whove substituted science for God in toto. Some of the great advances of science, however, were made by Christians, including Georges Lemaître, a Catholic priest who came up with the theory of the Big Bang. His theory was initially rejected by many scientists, including Albert Einstein.
Creationism is only the first step in this growing intolerance. Once every Christian politician has answered that question, the secularists will move on to Adam, Eve, Noah, Jonah and eventually Christ.
I believe they were all real.
I believe in heaven and hell and the battle that rages between the two on a higher plane than we can often see except at times like this.
Meanwhile, these secularists cannot even be honest about when life begins.
Take Jonah. Secularists would have us believe that no man could ever be swallowed by a giant fish and survive. They would be right. No man could and yet it happened. It is one of the many miracles of the Bible.
These very same people who mock and scoff at Christian belief will more than likely one day suffer tragedy in their lives. A loved one may fall ill or be dying. They themselves may fall ill or on other hard times. They will, at that time, after science has failed them and their self-defined reason has left them, seek out a miracle whether they understand it as such or not.
But up to and even during that time, they will go right on denying the rest of us the right to believe in miracles.
While I think science and reason and religion can most often be reconciled, if you do not believe in the miraculous, you are not a Christian; it is as simple as that.
Christians in politics must understand these things.
There was once a time when most everyone in public life professed faith in the things of the Bible. That time is passing. Secularists have made a concerted effort to turn the world hostile to faith and belief and have allied themselves with weak theologians to turn young Christians into more worldly, secularly focused milquetoast weepers worshipping an effeminate Christ who only hugs kids and cries, but does not fight, does not take sides and is accommodationist to the world and its amorality and increasing immorality because, dude, he hung out with prostitutes and cried about another dude dying.
They want to define the Christ they prefer to believe in, rather than believe the Christ that is.
Christians must still believe. Christians must still engage the political process. There can be no sitting on the sidelines in the fight between heaven and hell and that fight takes place as much in the political arena as it does in the homeless shelter or the pulpit. Even now in the 21st century after the birth of Christ, there is still true Good and there is still true Evil and there is still true Truth.
Christians can eschew partisan sides, but they must not eschew Gods side. They must not eschew Truth. They must defend it and fight for it.
Erick Erickson is a CNN contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.