CLARITY – 2-7-18 Almost Perfect

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-7-18

 

Almost Perfect

What’s Happening:  “SpaceX’s launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket was almost perfect…it was the largest rocket in recent memory, it was done by a private company (Elon Musk’s), and two of the three rocket engines, designed to be re-usable, returned to their designated landing zones (I said it was ALMOST perfect – the middle section failed to land on its drone ship). As a bonus (and a great advertisement) it orbited Musk’s Tesla Roadster, now the fastest hybrid in the galaxy  (https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16980954/spacex-falcon-heavy-rocket-middle-core-failed-landing). If all goes as planned, the upper stage carrying the roadster will reignite for a mission to Mars orbit.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s just another publicity stunt!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…but how creative..and savvy. An instant YouTube sensation, the video will no-doubt go viral…I mean, who doesn’t want to see an astronaut orbiting in a car, his arm nonchalantly draped over the side and David Bowie blaring on the radio?! Not only did billionaire Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX) advertise his ability to safely launch a payload into orbit and reuse most of its rockets, but he did wonders (I’m sure) for Tesla Roadster sales.”

 

“Christians? We should rejoice when a private company succeeds (Rom. 12:15), but perfection is elusive…and it should be. It is reserved for God …and those who apply His principles (which I hope Mr. Musk is). Otherwise, the lessons of a man’s pride are often learned by those who suffer the collateral damage they sometimes inflict.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, guide our cautious optimism; while we rejoice in technological achievement, let us not trust in anything but You; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-31-18 Lunar Trifecta

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-31-18

 

Lunar Trifecta

What’s Happening:  “It hasn’t happened since 1982 (35+ years), but the Moon will be doing something special in the sky tonight…especially if you live in Hawaii or Alaska…less so on the West Coast…the rest of us: not so much. A Blue Moon occurs every time you have a second Full Moon in a month (hence the rarity statement of ‘once-in a-Blue-Moon’);  a Supermoon is another rarity: at Apogee (or close approach – this moon will be only 223,820 miles from earth – 236,000 is average); a Lunar Total Eclipse, another rarity, occurs when all three, the Sun-Moon-and Earth line up – a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon enters Earth’s shadow; all three occur simultaneously only very rarely…TONIGHT! (https://www.yahoo.com/news/lunar-showstopper-1st-super-blue-blood-moon-35-105224938.html).

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I hide under the kitchen table?”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, unless you are of the ‘Chicken Little’ persuasion (always thinking the sky is falling!) Seriously, unless you are in a good viewing area you won’t notice much difference…of course, pointing out these facts might make you look intelligent…and nerdy.”

 

“Christians? Do we believe in celestial events. Sure, there are lots of them recorded in Scripture (Joel 2:30, Dan. 6:27, Ps. 18:13, etc.). Often, big events in history are accompanied by signs and wonders – I’m thinking, for example, about the ‘star in the East’ the wisemen followed (Matt. 2:2). How should we respond to these celestial wonders?  Awe, not fear (Luke 2:9-10),”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see celestial events as You having everything under control; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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