Crayfish, Birds, and Bees

At a Thanksgiving gathering this past week, after the meal, some of us were playing games, some were conversing at the dining room table, and some were watching reruns of Duck Dynasty on the television. I was one of those watching Duck Dynasty, a reality series that chronicles the lives of the Robertson family who made millions in the duck call business.

Phil Robertson

In one episode, the patriarch of the Robertson family, Phil, was out with one of his grandsons harvesting crayfish from the traps he set out in the swamp. Part of the unique draw of the show is the shock value of witnessing a lifestyle that is so dramatically different from that of the typical American family. I’m sure that many of the conversations and experiences of this family are staged, but it is obvious that their day-to-day adventures are not anywhere near the norms in which we are all used to living.

As Phil was gathering the crayfish out of the traps, he used the opportunuty to explain to his grandson about “the birds and the bees” by showing him the “private parts” of the male and female crayfish. Of course, the cameras zoomed in on the semi-grossed out expressions of the grandson, and they also focused, for a brief second or two, on the anatomies of the male and female crayfish. I chuckled over the crudeness of the presentation, but quickly my mind switched to pondering spiritual realities.

My first impression, when seeing the tiny male reproductive organ of the crayfish, was the overwhelming realization that something this intricate could not have just “happened.” The design of these creatures is the product of a phenomenal intelligence. Sexual reproduction – maleness and femaleness – could not have evolved over millions and millions of years. Whether we are considering crayfish or humans doesn’t matter. How could the intricate processes and organs of two genders develop over vast periods of time to work together so beautifully had they not been pre-conceived by an amazing designer?!  Tens of thousands of different species reproduce sexually, and they don’t intermingle and reproduce across species. To claim that male and female anatomies evolved independently of each other with the undirected “goal” of sexual reproduction is the height of closed-eye fantasy and foolishess. No matter what an atheistic evolutionist may claim, there is ZERO science or proof that this evolution ever took place. It exists only in the mind of the evolutionist.

Of course, the pages of scripture speak to these topics. Regarding the concept of male and female, Jesus, in talking with the Phrisees about marriage and divorce, made this simple yet profound statement:

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…?

(Matthew 19:4 ESV)

Why would two genders need to evolve when it is so obvious that sexual reproduction is far less “efficient” than asexual reproduction?

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, observed that those who deny the existence God claim to be wise, but instead they are fools as they worship and serve created things instead of their Creator (see Romans 1:18-25). Believing that things create themselves by random chance with no purpose or direction is, really, the height of foolishness. In this respect, a backwoodsy and simple person like Phil Robertson who (at the end of many TV episodes) acknowledges the existence of an omnipotent and omniscient creator is wiser than the most learned atheistic evolutionist who worships ideas of his own making.

Our God and Heavenly Father, who designed intricate little creatures like crayfish, birds, and bees also has designed each of us and knew our days even before we were born.

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

(Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)

Wonderful are His works! We owe Him nothing less than our complete loving devotion. It is foolish to believe that we are the masters of our own destinies. All of God’s creatures are amazing, but they are not to be worshipped. Only the Creator, who is separate from His creation, is worthy of our adoration and praise.

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