Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. Luke 1:1-4
Today’s daily lectionary gospel reading is in Luke, the above passage and then it skips to chapter 3 setting up Jesus’ birth. Luke is a Greek physician. He is not a Jew, but a gentile. He is educated and trained as a doctor. Now I do not know the scholastic requirements of a physician in Jesus’ day, but knowing the Greco-Roman system of education, we can assume Luke is well educated in the sciences.
Science. It is a word we hear often today. And for some strange reason, there is a tension between science and faith. This is a topic I would like to explore further (perhaps a video series), but for this Monday Morning Meditation, I’d want to say this:
Science is not opposed to faith. And faith should not be opposed to science.
Luke was a physician (a man of science) who made an investigation utilizing the scientific principles of observation, investigation and experience. He spoke with witnesses, he observed Paul in action and accompanied Paul on mission trips.
Luke the Physician, a scientist, writes a gospel about Jesus.
And he is not the only person of science who are believers. There are plenty (and that may be the series I want to do).
I understand how a scientific person might not be a person of faith, but I fail to comprehend how people of faith can deny science. After all, God created science, didn’t He? And careful observation of nature reveals much about both science and God.
As you start out this new week, take some time to carefully observe things around you. Experience God’s wonderful creation. Be a person of faith and science. Just like Luke.
May God bless you and keep you this week,