(I got a note from Focus TV telling me that some people may be having trouble viewing the video because they are being bombarded with visitors and it is slowing things down. So if you can’t get it to play, wait a while and try again.-CJ)
By Charlie Johnston
A couple of short thoughts today…
-When I first considered the implications of the discovery of DNA, I had an epiphany. I though, “Aha, that’s how resurrection works.” No, that wasn’t the epiphany – the epiphany was realizing how different my thought processes are from the mainstream. I thought that was the obvious and logical connection to make…and when I would excitedly talk about it to people, I would usually get a “Hunh?”
Think about it, though. DNA offers insight into what we are, a divine and unrepeatable pattern formed by God. The pattern, itself, is imperishable. In this world, the pattern is formed from perishable materials that are always passing away – and subject to the machinations of the satan, who is always trying to distort it. But at the resurrection, the pattern will be formed from indestructible, perfect and eternal materials – and beyond the reach of the satan. We commonly think of ourselves as, in essence, the materials used to form us in this life. It is the pattern that is the essence. Thus, at the resurrection, it is the pattern that counts, not the perishable materials that were used in its first iteration.
-I think a lot of the caustic division that stalks modern culture is a result of the near vanishing of large families. In a large family, you learn very quickly that you and your siblings are going to have a lot of arguments, disputes and contest. You also learn that just because you argue a lot doesn’t mean your brother doesn’t have your back. That sensibility has been lost in the modern world, mainly because a single child is accustomed to having his whims indulged – and regarding any who brook him as the enemy. I am convinced that large families play a vital role in developing real tolerance in society rather than the noxious kind that merely uses the term as a means to power and privilege.
-Most noble souls will do the right thing even when it is hard and even when no one is looking. But that is not the acid test of a genuinely noble soul. Are you willing to do the right thing even when, publicly, it looks like the wrong thing – and knowing it will bring out the criticism of good and honest people? A thought worth pondering. I addressed this about a year ago with a genuinely noble soul. He was really struggling, for to keep faith with someone he loved, he had to do something that would open him up to much criticism from those who did not know the circumstances. To do otherwise could have been, in the long term, very destructive to the person he cared for. He took the genuinely noble course – and most everyone is now thankful he did. But some who applaud him now were eager to claw at him at the time. Something worth pondering.