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Let me begin by saying that I’m not a huge fan of public debates with unbelievers. To be honest I hadn’t planned to watch the debate. However, when I saw that the hashtag #creationdebate was trending on twitter I thought it was worth checking out. Here are a few things that I noticed:
1. Ken Ham was humble – The quickest way for a Christian to lose a discussion is to become haughty. He kept his cool and seemed genuinely humble and respectful of his opponent.
2. The Gospel was presented – Ham repeatedly presented the redemptive claims of Christ which is always a good thing.
3. It seemed like a political debate – rather that a claim/counter exchange between two positions. Frequently questions were raised by both sides that were not answered. I wished they had interacted with each other more than with the moderator.
4. For me, the MASSIVE takeaway from the debate was simply the engagement of non-believers. Frankly, I had every expectation that this would be the apologetic equivalent of one more Kirk Cameron movie, loved and cheered by the core Christian community and overwhelmingly ignored by the world.
It seemed as though Ken Ham and the Creation Museum unlocked a code that engaged a very large number of non-Christians in venue where they were exposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relatively inexpensive format.
If following the trending remarks on twitter were any indication of those viewing (with passion) the debate – 3/4’s were not from the Christian perspective.
Some will argue that the venue in which they were engaged is not helpful. I believe this is a situation where we must say with Paul, in Philippians 1:18, “What does it matter… Christ was preached”.
Who would have thought – Ken Ham had more people considering the redemptive claims of Jesus Christ than anyone in the church planting movement. For that – he deserves massive credit.