Jim Denison on God’s Call to Excellence

“Any person could be attacked at any minute,” said a surfer who spotted a great white shark off Cape Cod. Researchers have identified at least three hundred of the huge predators in the popular area.

Nine people were injured last night in Pennsylvania when lightning struck a tree, causing it to fall on their tent. Fleas carrying the plague have infested prairie dogs near Denver, threatening humans and prompting officials to close parts of a wildlife refuge. Overseas, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bombing at a wedding that killed sixty-three people and wounded 182 others in Kabul, Afghanistan.

With all the bad news in the news, let’s focus today on some good news.

Scientists have taken the next step in developing contact lenses that zoom when we blink. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gave an award to a Bluetooth-connected water bottle that plays music, takes and receives phone calls, and offers caller ID.

CES also recognized a countertop dishwasher that requires no plumbing connections; you load your dishes, add a gallon of water, and turn it on. And the event celebrated a laptop computer with a keyboard that transforms into a writing pad.

Scientific advances are changing our lives daily. For instance, thousands of people have RFID devices implanted in their bodies so they can activate doors and computerized locks. A Tesla owner recently implanted in her arm the RFID chip that starts her car.

Earbuds now offer real-time language translation. Exoskeletons are being tested that enable soldiers to hike long distances without fatigue. A man who is colorblind can detect color through an antenna grafted onto his skull.


Each day’s news seems to report new ways science is improving our lives. By contrast, religious news these days is tragically focused on clergy abuse scandals, hateful rhetoric, and radical ideologies.

It’s unsurprising that Americans trust scientists far more than they trust religious leaders today. But what if deciding between science and religion is a false choice?

Wernher von Braun, the NASA scientist who designed the Saturn rockets: “I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.”

Dr. von Braun added: “There is certainly no scientific reason why God cannot retain the same relevance in our modern world that He had before we began probing His creation with telescope, cyclotron, and space vehicles.”


Christians should not see science as an enemy. To the contrary, we should be the best scientists.

The Bible says that God gave Daniel and his friends “learning and skill in all literature and wisdom” (Daniel 1:17). Note that this “literature and wisdom” was within Babylonian society.

The fact that God blessed these men in a “pagan” land and culture shows that he can enable us to excel in every dimension of life, not just the so-called “religious” world. There is no secular-sacred division in Scripture. God called all that he created “very good” (Genesis 1:31) and reminded Peter that nothing he created is to be considered “unclean” (Acts 10:9-16).

Though our world is fallen and broken due to sin (Romans 8:22), our Lord assures us he can still show us “great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3). Who better than the Creator of the universe to reveal truth about his creation? Who better than God’s children to hear his voice?

In fact, Scripture promises: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3, my italics).

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Source: Christian Headlines