Thursday, March 17, 2011
March 17, 2011
I was a teenager when the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We all knew the world had changed forever. "For the first time," a minister said, "man has the ability to destroy God's created order."
Ever since, we have tiptoed through wars and disagreements, telling ourselves, "Well, at least nobody's been dumb enough to drop the bomb yet." We've gone through sixty-five years that way. Now nature has dropped the bomb and there isn't much we can do about it. All it took was a major earthquake and a tsunami, and here we are. We didn't drop it. Nature did.
"U.S. Calls Radiation Extremely High;" says a headline in today's New York Times, "Sees Japanese Nuclear Crisis Worsening." Yes, got that about right.
I don't know what we can do about this. The Times says American officials think one of the Japanese reactors has worse damage that the country's government has yet acknowleged. True? No way to know.
What is all means, I suppose, is that, yes, we can destroy God's created order, but so can God. Or nature. Or whatever. Not too cheerful, that.