I spent four wonderful days in July at the 2018 International Conference on Creationism. This was a tremendous gathering of scientists, educators, and people passionate about creation science. More importantly, it was a gathering of people passionate about God’s Word, His attributes made plain in nature, the church, and the lost.
A common theme that ran through the presentations highlighted the necessity of generational impact. Ken Ham, founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, started us out strong on the first evening with his defining passion for the next generation. This emphasis carried through the remainder of the days we spent together.
I especially appreciated Dr. Kurt Wise as he repeatedly returned the focus of every conversation to the beautiful majesty of God. This is the critical piece when addressing the culture around us. The entire discussion of creation must speak about God. God is truly the Alpha and Omega. As we consider our legacy to the next generation, we must recognize our legacy involves not in the debate of ideas, but rather the emphatic proclamation of the wonders and majesty of God. Everything begins with Him. A right understanding of our world and culture starts with a right understanding of God. All things bear witness to His nature. Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (ESV).
Creation is not about a debate, but about God. We must use the knowledge we gain to point the next generation to the heart of God. This isn’t about a movement, a creed, or argument. Apologetics contain the defense of the truth of God – not just being ready to fight for fighting sake. 1 Peter 3:15 implores us, “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” We must prepare the next generation to love God above all else.
At Canyon Ministries, we have committed ourselves to prepare the next generation to love and worship God. By means of the evidences within Grand Canyon, we proclaim the biblical truths of creation and judgment-divine actions displaying His loving provision as well as His holiness and righteousness.