We can't ignore the issue of science and the Bible. The salvation of souls is at stake.
This was pointed out to me clearly by a terrific post by a blogger named Tim Stafford.
It is exceptionally difficult to cut through all the emotion on the topic of science and the Bible. Creationists—those that oppose evolution, anyway—believe that they are defending the faith. I believe that as the evidence for evolution becomes more and more available in this information age, and as science is able to do more and more with genetics, it is going to become more obvious that evolution is true.
Just as it has become obvious that the earth is not the center of the solar system, that the world is not flat, and that the sky is not solid (Job 37:18).
This issue of science and the Bible really affects scientists. We probably all know how much of a man's life is tied up in his job. Imagine if you couldn't discuss your job at church or around your Christian friends because they were all opposed to it?
Tim Stafford's article tells this story:
The rest of that friend's story, and several others, are told at the link above. Christians' approach to science and the Bible—their unwillingness to look at evidence, their condemnation of those who do not interpret the Bible as they do, and their false accusations about conspiracy among scientists—affect men like this one every day.
As you can imagine, it is hard to be a Christian in such an environment.
Another blog picked up on Stafford's article and told the story of another real person affected by our views on science and the Bible. That person said:
You may be okay with that state of affairs, but I'm not. I know very well that you can walk with God and believe in evolution. I do it, and so do many others.
Will we be rewarded or rebuked at the judgment when we explain to God that our views of science and the Bible required those who wanted to follow Christ to give up a scientific belief in order to hold a spiritual one?