NASA’s Advice: If an Asteroid Heads for Earth, Pray.

Posted on March 24, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Worldview

Meteors and asteroids have been in the news lately. As recently as last Friday evening residents along America’s east coast from Florida to Massachusetts witnessed a fireball in the sky.  A logical question for NASA scientists is what can we do if one of these near earth objects appears headed for our planet. Fox News covered a press conference where this question was asked. Here is the answer:

 

“In the wake of last month’s meteor strike in Russia and a close asteroid flyby on the same day, members of Congress asked NASA, White House and Air Force officials what they’re doing to combat the threat of near-Earth asteroids during a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

 

“The answer to you is, ‘if it’s coming in three weeks, pray,'” space agency chief Charles Bolden said, in response to Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who asked what NASA would do if a large asteroid headed on a collision course with Earth was discovered today with only three weeks before impact.”

 

Pray. Though the answer is probably just a euphemism for we have no hope, it is still the right answer. Or, at least part of the right answer. The other part of the answer would be: repent.

 

Now we are back to reality. The safety of the world’s population is bound up with the providential care of God. No theories or equations or guesses. Our planet lives at the pleasure of God for his glory. Teach this to your children. Bow in awe before God and his power.  Tell others of this ultimate truth.  

 

To live and think any other way is be uneducated about the nature of reality. If follows that if we are uneducated about reality we will make poor choices. Nebuchadnezzar got it right 2,500 years ago:

 

“All the peoples of the earth
    are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
    with the powers of heaven
    and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
    or say to him: “What have you done?””

 

Speak of prayer and repentance. Speak of the God who is real. Educate your children about what is really real!

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.