This story and video clip (found at the bottom of the linked news story and this post) are awesome.
Basically, a Finnish television network dropped a Southern Baptist creationist into Nordic communities and the results were simply hilarious:
In an episode of Yle’s The Norden, Summit Church of West Georgia Lead Pastor Marty McLain tells the network that he is a creationist who believes in the story of the Garden of Eden, and that there is a “literal Hell.”
“The Bible does refer to — in the book of Revelations — the lake of fire,” he explains.
In a trailer for the episode, McLain interviews people on the street in an attempt to find someone in the Nordic countries he visits who believes in God.
“If there’s no god, why should I believe in him?” one man asks the pastor.
I wonder what the pastor thought when he was told s that god didn’t exist or that because no one has seen him, there was no reason to believe in such an entity.
It probably came as quite a shock to the pastor who is probably surrounded by like-minded people the majority of the time.
But it gets better:
The Southern Baptist pastor points out that the Danish government had forced churches to treat LGBT people equally when it came to marriage rights.
“The parliament, the government says you must perform same-sex marriages in the church,” McClain notes. “Wow!”
Wow! You mean the government made sure that everyone – including churches – weren’t allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation?
So his response to equality was…
“I believe same-sex attraction is a sin,” McLain later tells a Yle interviewer. “When it comes to homosexuality, the worst thing I can do to somebody is say, ‘You know, God made you that way, and he wants you to that way, and God’s all for a homosexual relationship.’”
“When you look in the Bible, you see what God says about homosexuality,” he adds. “I have to deny so much of scripture in order to give that type of counsel.”
Yes, the worst thing you can do is support them and treat them as human beings. That would be so, so wrong.
I also love how throughout the clip, the people who the pastor approaches look at him as if he has seven heads. It’s like they can’t believe that this backwards individual is standing in front of them.
In one part, the pastor tells someone that evolution isn’t proven and that there isn’t a missing link. The guy seems shocked and he just skips right over the subject.
The pastor is right about having to ignore parts of the bible (shockingly small parts, actually) to treat same-sex couples equally and fairly. It’s part of the reason why we shouldn’t be governed by ancient texts from a primitive culture. We can learn from them and move on. There is no need to believe those words were written by god or inspired by god. They were written by men and were inspired by the men of that era.
I love the concept of this television show and I hope I get the chance to watch the full episode when it comes out.