We live in a Western culture that is growing increasingly hostile to Christianity and biblical teachings. Many of those who work in the science field and ground their thinking in God’s Word understand this hostility in a very real way.
Well, Dr. Tommy Mitchell, a medical doctor now here on staff at AiG, has some advice for young people who want to enter the medical field as biblical creationists. He says,
You have to remain consistent. It’s just like with anything, you’re going to have people who are for you and who are against you. No matter whether you’re a fan of a certain sports team or you like a certain car, there are people who have different opinions. Now, when you’re talking about a core worldview—the basis of how you view the world—there are going to be a lot of people who don’t agree with you. And when they don’t agree, they are often going to be very hostile.
When I told my colleagues that I was leaving my medical practice to come to work with Answers in Genesis, several of my partners were very hostile toward me. They kept telling me that I was wasting my degree, speaking nonsense, and leaving to go teach fairy tales. They were hostile because what I did challenged, even threatened, their own worldview. It caused them to have to reconsider it, and people don’t like to have their worldview challenged.
Even if you’re not working as a scientist, a young earth creationist in any field—in a law office or in a bank or wherever it may be—that view is going to challenge the worldview of colleagues and coworkers. First Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to give a defense . . . with meekness and fear.” You just have to be gracious in your interaction with people, and you can’t compromise. You have to understand what you believe and be confident defending that worldview.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.