A few weeks ago, I penned a blog post titled “Vote for Pharaoh.” I had no idea that it would become the most read post in the short history of Start2Finish Blog. But I was also honored when my friend Jason Hart, pulpit minister for the Glendale Road Church of Christ in Murray, KY, messaged me one Sunday morning, letting me know that he was using my post as the catalyst for his sermon that day.
You’d have to have been living under a rock for the last month not to have noticed that it is an election year in the nation of our sojourn. The determination of how and who will address the issues facing this nation will be determined by those Americans who make their voices heard on November 6. For some, voting violates their consciences (Romans 14:23). Paul however availed himself of the rights afforded to him as a Roman citizen (Acts 22:25-29) and it seems that voting, in general, is a privilege that should not violate a Christian’s conscience, provided that they do not knowingly cast their approval for certain immoral practices. That is a decision each one should make prayerfully with an informed mind.
Back in September of 1977 Voyager 1 blasted off from earth on a mission to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Along with several instruments and radio capabilities, Voyager 1 contains a gold plated disc containing photos of earth and greetings from the U.N. in the event it should ever be found by intelligent extraterrestrials. Now there is strong evidence that the probe, which is more than 11 billion miles from the sun, has now exited the solar system. A few years after Voyager launched the first Star Trek motion pictured premiered. It featured a Voyager craft that had reached the ends of the universe, gaining great knowledge and self-awareness. While succeeding wildly in comprehension of the mysteries of the universe, Voyager was unfilled and without purpose (Ecclesiastes 1:2). In the film, the craft speaks through “the carbon based life form” Spock, saying “No meaning, no hope. And no answers. It’s asking questions. ‘Is this all that I am? Is there nothing more?’” To resolve this, Voyager is returning from the end of the universe to seek its creator. The movie asks the question: “Where do I come from? What am I? Where am I going?”
There were two seemingly unrelated stories in the news recently concerning severe consequences delayed by decades. Richard Eggers, of Des Moines, Iowa, was fired by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to new FDIC bank guidelines passed in February forbidding the employment of anyone convicted of a crime involving dishonesty. Back in 1963, when Eggers was 19, he was convicted for using a fake dime at a laundry mat and sentenced to 2 days in jail. Eggers lost his job because of a seemingly small crime committed nearly 50 years ago. Recently construction workers digging at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport uncovered an unexploded 500kg WWII German bomb. Several flights were cancelled and dozens were delayed until bomb disposal experts safely detonated the device.