Boxfish, Battlefield Robots and Katherine Jenkins

Does God know what is going on or what?

One of the things I love about the Bible is it reflects reality very, very well.  When the Bible describes history it does so accurately.  When the Bible describes people it does so with genuine insight into what people are like.

God knows what’s going on.

There is a neat little article today on about the little boxfish.  This fish does not look like ‘normal’ fish.  It looks like, well, a box.  A brightly colored box with fins and a mouth but a box nonetheless.  One of the baffling things about the boxfish is how well it swims.  It does not look particularly aquadynamic or streamlined.  Yet what researchers are discovering is that the boxfish’s design makes it a very good swimmer!

Apparently when an infinitely intelligent God creates a bunch of stuff and then says it is good, He means it!  What does the Bible say about the creatures of the seas?

God said, “Let the waters swarm with living things, and let birds fly above the earth up in the dome of the sky.” God created the great sea animals and all the tiny living things that swarm in the waters, each according to its kind, and all the winged birds, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. Then God blessed them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”  (Genesis 1:20-22)

What do boxfish have to do with battlefield robots?  Well, apparently God really does understand people as well.  When people begin to work together just about anything is possible.  Of course, what humans produce is also a reflection of themselves.  Current research into robotics is funded extensively by DARPA – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  While new robots have been used in disaster relief, industry and medicine, they are also being used to kill people, to spy on people and to assist soldiers in being more effective at doing what they do – killing people.

There is an interesting article today on the BBC’s website about how humans could go extinct.  Interestingly, natural disasters are not perceived to be the threat they once were.  The real threats to humanity come from humanity itself.

Do you know what Jesus said about what comes from within humanity?

For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  (Matthew 15:19)

If this is what is inside of people then it should not be a surprise that some of our most dedicated efforts to advance technology come in the name of warfare.

Which actually brings me to Katherine Jenkins in a roundabout sort of way.  Miss Jenkins recently ran the London Marathon looking very pretty.  Too pretty for the taste of some people, in fact.  People have complained about her hair, her earrings, her makeup and nearly everything about her appearance.

What was that about false testimony and slander?  Oh yeah, God was right again…

To be fair, if I were to run the London Marathon I have no hope of looking anywhere near as glamorous (in a manly way, of course) as Katherine Jenkins managed in her appearance.  I would be red-faced, sweaty, puffing like a locomotive on its last legs and probably not too far removed from a feeling of impending death.  I’m that out of shape.  But enough about me…

Why should Miss Jenkins get such a hard time?   She ran a marathon, raised £25,000 for charity and happened to have a ponytail while she was doing it.

The real reason for such insults and objections is likely to be simple envy and jealousy.

Here is my advice for Katherine Jenkins:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.  (Proverbs 26:4)

Let the talkers talk away.  Run, sing and find your way back to a genuine relationship with God.  The fools can say what they want along the way.

What about all of the rest of us?

We can trust the God who created the marvelous boxfish to not have made some horrendous mistake in the way He made us.  We are God’s creations as well and are perfectly well-designed to be ourselves.

We can look inside our own hearts and see the same temptations towards rage, murder and hatred which drive tyrants across the world.  Our weapons might not be robots but they just might be hateful words, bitter attitudes and unforgiving grudges.

We can feel the same envy and jealousy some people feel towards Miss Jenkins.  Or we can go out and do something good to be proud of.  And we could even look good while we do it!

God knows all of this.  Most of all, we can look to Him for truth, wisdom and guidance.


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