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April 2, 2015

Dangerous World

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

It seems the world continues to escalate toward the possibility of annihilation.  Even at the moment, the United States and Iran are in deep conversation about limitations of nuclear programs.  So many world powers have WMDs (weapons of mass destruction).  In recognition of this fact, nations are willing to seek treaties and agreements.

For many of us we have seen the escalation of these weapons that can end the world!  I can remember that August in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped.  Although as an 11-year-old boy, I could never have understood the total force of this bomb, I did understand it was more destructive than any bomb that had ever been dropped.  Later I would read the book Hiroshima and learn of the mass destruction from this bomb that caused the death and suffering of so many people.

But we have progressed far from that bomb. I had the privilege in the late 1970s to participate in the SALT II talks.  This was seeking a treaty between the United State and the Soviets.  It was a continuation of the SALT I talks.  These SALT talks(Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) were to arrive at an agreement that both nations would limit their development of strategic nuclear weapons.

Listening that day, I remember thinking . . . . what do I know about all this?  What am I doing here?  I might know something about a shotgun . . . or a 30-30 bush gun . . . but what do I know about  weapons of such mass destruction that the world I knew could suddenly not exist?   I realized how dangerous a world I lived in.  I was overwhelmed with the arsenals that both the United States and Russia maintained.

I recall President Carter speaking of the Trident submarine.  A submarine that is a doomsday machine.  It is loaded with enough nuclear weapons to incinerate the former Soviet Union.  It carries the power of 5000 bombs, each like one atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  It can launch these ballistic missiles halfway around the world.  Yes, I concluded . . . it is a dangerous world!

The B-52 was mentioned.  Now, I had some knowledge of this plane.  I recalled that about 10 years earlier, I was invited to a SAC (Strategic Air Command) base.  Though the aircraft was heavily guarded, I was privileged to know this plane.  What impressed me most was that this one plane carried more destructive power than the combined explosives used by all sides in World War II.  And that it could carry even more!  But why would it need to?  The answer was the threat from other world powers that had such destructive weapons. And yet nuclear weapons today far exceed the destructive power of that day.

With having seen the progression of such destructive weapons during my life . . . where will we be in coming years?

I am not one that lives in fear, but we should all recognize the dangerous world in which we live.  We might not be able to control the possibility of a destructive, nuclear war . . . but we can certainly be prepared if such should come.  By preparation, I mean spiritual preparation . . . death . . . eternity!

Let me give you some hope . . . assurance . . . peace . . . and comfort.  Whatever tomorrow might bring, there is something to hold onto that gives a transition to an eternal world where there is never any fear. There is an eternal home prepare by a loving God for those who know His Son through faith.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea . . . .”  (Psalm 46:1-2)

And the song “In Times Like These” can call us to preparation.

“In times like these, we need a Savior. In times like these, we need an anchor.  Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid rock.  This Rock is Jesus. Yes.  He’s the one.  This Rock is Jesus.  The only One.  Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.”



1 Comment »

  1. Again I thank you for such comforting words and promises during these very troubled times. Yes, we’ve seen many wars, but “mass destruction” is another story.

    Comment by Doris E. White — April 2, 2015 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

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