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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Think

You may have never seen it; “Joe versus the Volcano” is one of our family favorites.  In our family many conversations are garnished with quotes from favorite movies, like “Joe,” “Princes Bride,” and others.  In the movie Meg Ryan plays three parts DeDe, Angelica, and Patricia.  All three interact with Tom Hank’s Joe.  In one of the pivotal scenes Patricia and Joe are eating on her yacht.  During the conversation Patricia observes:
My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.
Are you awake?  Amazed at the thoughts the world is throwing at your kids?
My experience is similar.  But I might suggest that sleep is a metaphor those who do not think and awake is for those who do.  This is reinforced pretty much every time I read comments on a controversial article or picture on the internet.  Do not do that much it can lead to despair about the human condition – on second thought it will simply validate what the Scripture says about man – but not sure it is worth much of your time.

This morning one of my facebook “friends” posted a quote from Bill Nye the Science Guy:
Science is the key to our future, and if you don't believe in science, then you're holding everybody back. And it's fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don't believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don't believe in science, that's a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.
Ok, tangentially, applying Ephesians 5:14, here is your assignment.  Your kids are getting hammered on a daily basis with this type of thought in school, in games that they play, the movies they watch, in the conversations they have with their friends.  How would you as an awake thinker, respond to Mr. Nye?  How would you equip your kids to think critically about what he has said here?

I will respond tomorrow…

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