... OR your interpretation of the bible is faulty indeed.
The church people need remember that what they have been taught starting in those once heavily attended Sunday Schools was not thought so important to be analyzed and reformed as scientific knowledge expanded over the last century.
The stories were written with a style that made them readable and simple and generally acceptable for audiences that were different during different ages. No one cared that Genesis was foolishly explained to say that the Sun was "Created" long after the Earth had existed, and even after the whole Plant Kingdom had appeared by an initial Spontaneous Generation of first life.
The church people who hold to these thoughtless ways of teaching their young people have merely continued to do exactly the same things that their founders of centuries past had been doing.
Clearly, no where in Genesis does the Bible say the Sun was created after the Earth. The misunderstanding of the English word, "made," has been used in the sense of "create," which the Hebrew does not validate. And the misreading has detoured the denotation of that idea from explaining that the Sun became the authority over Solar Time, and ruled the Time as measured on Earth.
Everywhere, the archaic medieval story told to kindergarten age children has been thoughtless presented as a primer to indoctrinating them about a Higher Power than the Free Will they are growing to exercise.
What you say about the Church interpretation is no just correct, but dangerously implying that the bible can be dismissed because these readers misinterpret it. The correct conclusion is that some people must start the process of teaching the Bible Teachers, before the sociological effects of ignoring a foundation is sexual mores breaks down the society any further.