The much-publicized debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham is over. It's not the first debate between an evolutionist and a creationist that I've ever seen and neither guy really brought anything new to the table. I heard the same old arguments that in all honesty weren't all that different from the great chicken or the egg debate. The debate lasted around two and a half hours. The biggest surprise was how entertaining it was. Both men truly had some very interesting things to say regardless of whether or not you agreed with them. Afterwards, I was left with the following thoughts.
Bill Nye came to "win" the debate. His number one priority was to please his followers on Twitter rather than having an honest discussion about the topics presented by the moderator. His main objective was to look to be in charge and to appear to be the winner. He succeeded in doing that, in my opinion.
Bill Nye "cheated." He circumvented the format of the debate by throwing out questions that he knew Ken Ham wouldn't have the opportunity to respond to. Bill Nye did this throughout the debate and with a lot of premeditation. Bill Nye deliberately asked questions (most of which are tired arguments that have long been refuted) that Ken Ham could not answer due to the format of the debate.
When asked if there was anything that could make Bill Nye change his mind, he said if there was proof that the universe wasn't expanding. I don't understand the logic as the Bible never says that the universe wasn't expanding. In fact, as Ken Ham pointed out, the Bible talks about how God "stretches out the heavens" (Psalm 104: 2). The expanding universe validates the Bible.
Bill Nye proved the Bible correct, which says in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
Ken Ham did the right thing by presenting videos of accomplished scientists who happened to be creationists. Weak as it was, Bill Nye's closing argument was that being a creationist will halt all technological advances and will send the United States' economy on a rapid downward spiral. Unsurprisingly, Bill Nye chose to ignore the contributions of the creationists that Ken Ham presented, like the invention of MRI, among others.
Ken Ham had his priority straight--to preach the Gospel. His stance was unwavering and he was unashamed of being a Christian. As Christians, our main calling is to snatch people from the jaws of hell, even at the cost of persecution and being labeled all sorts of things by the secular world. John 5:19 states, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
Many Christians may be disappointed by Ken Ham's refusal to stoop down and bend the rules the way Bill Nye did, but the bottom line is that we shouldn't be looking for a worldly platform to get vindicated. The greatest "I told you so" story ever told will unfold when Christ returns but until then, we will not be winning any popularity votes. It is not our job to "Christianize" the world. Ken Ham took every opportunity he had to speak Bible verses, which is the most powerful thing he could've done. As Isaiah 55: 11 says, "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
We should rejoice that hundreds of thousands got to hear the Gospel message last night. We should pray for Bill Nye and his followers that God may grant them repentance.