I returned recently from a two-week speaking trip to the Philippines. It was notable for several reasons:
- During my several days on the island of Mindanao, I had a heavily-armed escort. The young men shown above accompanied me everywhere. (They were assigned to me for protection against the jihadists operating nearby.)
- It was an intense trip, with an average of over three hours of speaking time per day. (The longest day was 8.5 hours long, with seven hours of actual speaking.)
- I had the privilege of speaking (on astronomy and biology) to several hundred students at a secular university.
This was well-received. In fact, the school’s Dean of Engineering is now working to add creation science to the university’s general education requirements.
If this effort succeeds, then hundreds of students each year would be taking a course in creation studies, as part of their education. I think this is one of the most exciting results of the trip.
This trip also included more examples of something that I’ve seen before. Several of my meetings were annual Bible conferences for the congregations who brought me in to speak.
Some of the older people in the audiences weren’t sure why I was there. (After all, creation science can be somewhat interesting, but it can get rather technical, and ultimately, it doesn’t really seem that important. Wouldn’t this once-per-year conference time be better spent just studying the Bible?)
But the younger people understood exactly why I was there, and I was thanked many times for coming. Just as in the U.S. and Europe, atheism is growing in popularity in the Philippines.
Young people in particular are being hard-pressed to justify their belief in a God that science has supposedly made obsolete. They’re being asked to give answers for the hope that lies within them (2 Pet. 3:15)—and many of them had never heard of the overwhelming evidence supporting the Bible from science, history, and so on.
They were very excited to learn that theirs was not a blind faith, and that they could be confident that the Bible is true—and that they were now equipped to share this with others.
In previous generations, cultures like those in the U.S., Europe, and the Philippines were largely Christian. It was generally accepted that the Bible should be adhered to, and so a rigorous defense of the truth and historicity of Scripture seemed unnecessary.
Today, Western culture is post-Christian, and getting more so all the time. We need, like never before, to proclaim the truth of the Bible—especially to the younger generation.