Irish-born hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, best known for their hit song “In Christ Alone”, are calling Christians to recognize the compatibility between God and science amid an atheistic culture that says no such relationship exists.
Kristyn Getty explained to The Christian Post that “so much in our culture is dead set in thinking that Christianity and science are at odds with one another. But we need to be students of our doubts and our questions and have the confidence to follow through with them.”
She argued that “Christianity can hold up to them” without worrying about it “topping over.”
She added, “It’s important to figure out what our doubts are and have the courage to ask deep questions because sooner or later, our faith will be tested. It’s critical for us to know who it is that we believe in and what we believe in.”
The Gettys’ recent single, “Consider the Stars”, will be the theme song for the upcoming theatrical-length documentary Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science.
The film stars “God’s Not Dead” actor Kevin Sorbo and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox as they travel from Oxford to Jerusalem and observe the arguments atheists make against Christianity. In turn, the film argues that God’s Word is consistent with science and history.
“The movie does really well in presenting an honest dialogue between the atheist and the Christian while capturing both the mind and the imagination,” Keith Getty told The Christian Post. “Christianity has inspired so much beauty and good over the years. It has birthed music and art, government and economics, and so many things that are important to the culture.”
“Consider the Stars”, which was penned by the Gettys and Fionán de Barra, comes off as a contemplative lullaby that considers God’s creation of the stars in giving evidence as to who He is.
The lyrics read, in part: “Consider the stars in the sky/When it is darkest they shine out the brightest/Consider the stars in the sky/In every anguish, Oh, child take courage.”
As parents of four little girls, the Gettys said that the song was meant to “sing truth over them and give them comfort in a simple, beautiful way.”
“As they go to sleep, we want them to consider the stars in the world that God has made,” Kristyn explained. “It’s both inspiring in terms of the vastness of it, but also hugely comforting because even in its vastness, the God who made it all is intimately involved in every single part of our lives.”
“Just like He holds the stars in place, He holds us,” she asserted. “We loved the idea of using the world that God has made to explain that beautiful truth.”
Meanwhile, Keith told CP that Dr. Lennox, who is also Kristyn’s uncle, always stressed that if “Christianity is true, we should have absolute confidence in its truth, in every context.”
“If it is not true, it's foolishness. Christianity is not a family tradition. It's not some superstition. It’s based on historical and scientific truth,” he added.
Lennox has “always inspired Christians to look at the natural world that God has created as a means to fuel our imaginations and to help us understand the God of the Bible.” Kristyn said.
She added, “he’s always encouraged us to ask questions, to look up, to consider the stars, hills, and lilies. He very much directly inspired the song as well.”
Against the Tide will play in theaters nationwide on November 19, 20 and 23.
Photo courtesy: Keith and Kristyn Getty Facebook
Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.