Saturday, May 14, 2022

In Context: Small Things

On Tuesday, 5/3, there was a curious entry in the daily Senate floor log of Senator floor speeches:
3:52 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on abortion and microchips.
In his speech, he noted things on the two separate topics such as:
  • Last December, a report from Harvard warned that China is now a "Full-spectrum peer competitor" when it comes to advanced technology like AI and quantum computing.
  • We have become dangerously dependent on China and other competitors when it comes to securing our supply chain with microchips.
  • The Supreme Court found the right to privacy by combining the rights of several other different amendments.
There's much that can be said on both topics, and much has. Abortion has become an unusually frequent topic in the Congressional Record for the last two weeks.

Both unborn children and microchips are small and of large value. One is a precious tiny human being made by God. The other is a tiny calculator made by man.

Senator Durbin was arguing for the legal destruction of one and federal funding of the other.

These topics intersect in other ways, too:
  • China. They are making the same mistake valuing technology higher than human life.
  • Social media. The tiny children that escape abortion must later contend with technology themselves, as Sen. Blackburn noted.
America has many challenges today. There is no shortage of theories as to why, nor of hypotheses as to what would help us overcome these challenges.

Until both our diagnosis and our prescription for our challenges begin and end with the knowledge of God and of His Word, we can and should expect these challenges to persist and get worse.

Father, teach us to stop spinning, stirring, panicking and fearing man and this world. Teach us to rest in You and in Your Word which you have so generously given us. Open our eyes, ears, minds and hearts to understanding You and Your ways. Show us where we've been deceived believing lies, and turn us to the Truth in You.

“For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:10)

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