Comparing the Tools NASA uses to the Tools that Christians Use

344876main_pgtonhubblelfightWhat STS125 Astronauts are going to be doing over the next week and a half is amazing. Areas of Hubble are going to be accessed that haven’t been accessed since 1990.

NASA’s upcoming flight to service the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope will test more than 100 new tools developed to install and replace components, some of which designers never intended astronauts to fix on orbit. (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/hubbletools.html)

The astronauts are going to be using tools that had to be invented to access circuitry and panels that no one ever thought would have to be changed. Nearly 110 screws are going to have to be removed during the next few weeks. Imagine wearing Oven Mitts on your hands and a fishbowl on your head and try to remove screws in the weightlessness of space. Just think about how difficult it is to put together an IKEA bookshelf here on earth with the full dexterity of your hands to do the task, and then reconsider what these astronauts are going to be doing. Working on the International Space Station has been completely different over the last few years. Connecting these huge segments and accessing power supplies has been nothing compared to the surgical like repair that is going to be taking place on STS125.

So think about the tools that had to be created for this mission. Sure, they had drills in their tool box that they could use, but NASA scientists knew that these tools were not going to work in the environment that the Astronauts were heading into. They had to create new tools to aid in the mission of repairing Hubble.

Reading about the tools made me think about the tools that God has given Christians over the years. A few of them, there is no argument about. We have the full armor of God that we should put on every day. We have the full Word of God. We have the power of prayer. We have the body of Christ to unite with.

But there are some environments where the tools we have are not going to be as effective as others. My 2 year old daughter’s children’s church environment (what we call “Praise in the Park”) uses simple songs, dancing, puppets, and Bible story time to teach them. They come away knowing that the Bible is “God’s True Word.”

Interesting, our main adult worship service teaches the same thing. John Faull opens each Sunday’s sermon with the same “tool” for teaching. The congregation repeats after him:

“I believe the Bible. It is the Word of God. Every Word of God is True. I will receive it gladly today. Where what the Bible says differs from my present thinking or practice, I will repent. I will change. With God’s help. In Jesus’ name.”

We would not have our 2 year olds repeat that same statement. But, they learn that the Bible is “God’s True Word.” We’ve been teaching this for years at Norcross First Baptist. It is a perfect example of using the correct tool in the right environment. Now, we’re not perfect. Often, I think that we pull out a tool that confuses the situation. We reach into our Christian toolbox and pull out the arc welder and MAPP gas when we really just need to use some epoxy putty.

So why do so many Christians get so worked up when we try to add another tool to our toolbox? Is it because we don’t find these tools listed in the book of Acts or is it because Jesus didn’t have a creative package for the Sermon on the Mount?

Note, I am not saying that we should minimize the Word of God, however can’t God use non-traditional tools for His glory. Aren’t there better tools available to us today, that are more useful in getting the message of God to the lost in the world?  Nothing will ever replace God’s hand in the process, but the fact is we are called to reach out to the lost in  Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.  We should be on the front line offering our lives for His message, but what is wrong with using these tools to amplify the message of God to the lost.

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