What should we be thinking about? That’s something each of us needs to decide for our self. Since my priorities are not perfect — I am not God — I would be wrong to impose them upon others. Still I have my ideas, and I am not ashamed to copy them from others.
Everett Piper observes we have a choice, Pursuing God, or petting goats.
It is finals week at colleges and universities across the nation, and the University of Maine at Orono just announced a brilliant plan: It is providing a herd of goats for students to feed and pet in order to help them — presumably the students, not the goats — get through the stress of final exams.
I’m not kidding. (continued here)
Piper does something a little awkward for non-Christians. He quotes C. S. Lewis’ admonition that we should pursue first things first, but He never precisely spells out what is first. So I have added this link, FIRST AND SECOND THINGS, and this passage from the Bible.
Matthew 6:31-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Are there things we should concern ourselves about? Yeah! We should do our best to thoughtfully consider the welfare of others. Here is a seemingly obscure example, Short-circuiting the electromagnetic threat by Robert R. Monroe.
Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a major threat to the continued existence of America. An enemy could destroy our nation simply by detonating a single nuclear weapon above the atmosphere over our country. All our enemies, including some terrorist groups, have, or can acquire, this capability. The electromagnetic pulse from this detonation would destroy our national electric power grid, and it would take many months or years to rebuild it. Without electricity, virtually all our everyday life-support systems would remain paralyzed, and millions would die of disease or starvation. (continued here)
Is this a real threat? Well, there is actually a natural counterpart for this sort of thing. If you want to learn about it, read A Perfect Solar Superstorm: The 1859 Carrington Event by Christopher Klein.
On the morning of September 1, 1859, amateur astronomer Richard Carrington ascended into the private observatory attached to his country estate outside of London. After cranking open the dome’s shutter to reveal the clear blue sky, he pointed his brass telescope toward the sun and began to sketch a cluster of enormous dark spots that freckled its surface. Suddenly, Carrington spotted what he described as “two patches of intensely bright and white light” erupting from the sunspots. Five minutes later the fireballs vanished, but within hours their impact would be felt across the globe. (continued here)
When our first concern is seeking the kingdom of God, we put a high value on the welfare of others. God tells us to love our neighbors, not our pocketbooks. When we consider how dependent we have become upon electronics, for the sake of our fellow citizens we have to wonder what might jeopardize the reliability of the devices we need to survive. Whether the threat is a war or a staggering natural calamity, if we were thinking about first things first, we would do what we could. As it is, we do a lot of worrying.