CLARITY – 3-29-18 That’s Not All That’s Decaying

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-29-18

 

That’s Not All That’s Decaying

 

What’s Happening:  “The sky may well be in rare form as the Chinese spacelab, Tiangong-1’s orbit decays and it comes crashing back to earth…probably this weekend (actually predicted to occur this Easter Sunday + or – 2 days). The spacecraft was launched in 2011 and hosted two 3-man crews of Chinese astronauts for their two-week missions. Lately telemetry was lost and it has come tumbling from its 134-mile up orbit. It will probably break up as it re-enters  (https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-see-chinese-space-station-113300865.html). Harvard astrophysicist, Jonathan McDowell reported: ‘There will be lumps of about 100 kg (220 lbs.) or so, still enough to give you a nasty wallop if it hit you. Yes, there’s a chance it will do damage; it might take out someone’s car; there will be a rain of a few pieces of metal; it might go through someone’s roof, like if a flap fell off a plane, but it is not widespread damage.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely, though I may see it (even that’s not likely), I won’t get hit by it…will I?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…see it or get hit. You’ve got more likelihood of being struck by lightning…twice…in the same place. Still, it’s quite unpredictable…solar flares expanding the atmosphere and all.”

 

“Christians? No, we don’t believe this is a sign of the times, or the end of life as we know it, etc., however, it does bring to mind another decay that’s happening. When the serpent got Adam and Eve (by the way, Scripture records – Gen. 3:6 – that Adam was with his wife, Eve, when she was tempted…perhaps he should have spoken up) to eat of the forbidden fruit, it started a decay of what God created that continues to this day. In fact, all creation waits expectantly for this curse to be finally lifted (Rom. 8:20-22).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the patience to wait for You to act…and the calmness and intelligence not to react in fear at things we may not fully understand; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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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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