While troubling reports seem to be coming from all angles as we kick off 2016, a less public but equally distressing development is the continued experimentation with human genetics. As with all technological advances, good reasons for these experiments are given to gain public trust, but the question is what else can be done with these new technologies that go beyond ethical boundaries. In a report by MIT Technology Review, the line that should concern us is “Garry says he’s already melded two pigs in this way and recently won a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Army…” When the US military invests in this kind of technology, one can only imagine to what ends they will apply it. This is something that we should keep an eye on. Make sure to read the full report here.
Some Christians prefer not to know about developments in the world, but it doesn’t help to stick your head in the sand only to be caught unprepared. We live in this world, so we have responsibilities here, and to hide in a bubble of ignorance isn’t going to help anybody. Christians should be able to engage in conversation on any topic that might come up, ready to give a reason for the hope in us.
What do we do in times like these? It is a great comfort that God warned about these things, which means He knows about it. It is also necessary not to focus on what goes wrong and be influenced by it, but to look past all the troubles of the day to the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. (See Hebrews 12:2)
…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Corinthians 4:18
We remember that we are not of this world and that our future is where Jesus went to prepare a place for us:
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3
It is time to look up!