Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. — Romans 14:13
I understand why some Christians want the Church to embrace evolution. If more people accepted theistic evolution, perhaps we could stem the perceived anti-science image Millennials have of the Church. Religious scientists passionately, desperately want to show their fellow Christians how and why science and faith are compatible. I get it. That camp of the science-faith dialogues makes sense to me.
What makes less sense is why so many Christians I know are eager to highlight differences between themselves and those pesky creationists. Now I’m no Biblical expert–just a confused quasi-Hindu who enjoys Bible study and has countless Christian friends. But isn’t highlighting differences exactly the wrong thing to do? Aren’t we supposed to make every effort to keep “the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace?” If there is “no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female”… why do some Christians try so hard to separate into creationist and not-creationist? Since we must remember “a body made up of many parts is still one body”, don’t you hurt that body with division?
I would think the goal, as Russell Moore articulated, would be to create churches “united by the blood of Christ and the Spirit of Christ, not by economic status, ethnicity or blue collar vs. white.” Beliefs about the age of the Earth are largely irrelevant in this calculus. Rather than shy away from them, creationists should be embraced. They too are Christians.