Today is December 7. Remembering, and never forgetting, that day that lives in infamy, when, in America, where it was safe to go outside, that very notion was challenged. “Just when you thought it was safe to go outside”……I always liked that line. It immediately appeals to the senses, brings an ominous ode, brings fear, trepidation. It could be huge, an unprecedented event suddenly, or simply a big hairy spider decided to put a web across the door frame. So it goes…
I was just reading at DEBKA files that the nuclear reactor at Bushehr in Iran had to be shut down in mid-October for fear of an explosion. And we’re just hearing abut this now?? Apparently, some bolts were laying on the bottom of the reactor tank under the rods. I guess this isn’t a good thing. My guess is that they heat up, boil the water and boom. Regardless, the accusation that the bolts came from the fuel rods was met with a strong, “not my fault” from the Russians who supplied the rods. They are looking at two possible scenarios. The first, deliberate sabotage (duh) or the fact that the Stuxnet virus got into the computers and tampered with the reactor’s computers. How does a reactor computer unscrew bolts and throw them in a reactor vessel? (DOH!) And then last but not least they haven’t ruled out an accident or “incompetence”. Then, added to this specter, there is the announcement of health issues around their nuclear sites. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy, well the warm part.
This last point kind of brings to mind the rush to bring third world countries up to the level of the industrialized nations. North Korea’s interesting rocket launches, the scary Indian and Pakistani nuclear weapons programs, Iran’s nuclear whatever they want to call it program. There’s always been the concern of wackos getting nukes, but what of rushed through untrained programs? Some of these workers couldn’t get a job at McDonald’s in the states. Add to that the terrorism on either side and you’ve got nuclear holocaust without the bomb.
So how does that stack up in our “civilized” countries? Some of these nuclear facilities are 50 years old. Many of them, in the US, are built on or near fault lines. Many, like the Japanese, are built and maintained by the lowest bidder. In Japan, the jury is still out on whether the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is contained. In the US many plants are showing age and wear, and all run the risk of terrorist intervention, a little computer virus.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still prefer nuclear as the alternative to fossil fuel for the future. But in the US, many of our nuclear sites are built on seismic zones in the Midwest. A severe New Madrid quake, or series of quakes and after shocks could bring devastating results of meltdowns, gas releases and explosions. All on prevailing west winds heading toward the most populated areas of the US. Worse could be a worldwide orchestrated hacking attack, a nuclear holocaust. Man, in all his wisdom and arrogance feels he is quite in control and under control. Hmmm, that’s becoming less and less apparent.
It’s a frightening thought, man losing control, or even the reality that man never had control in the first place. So where do you put your trust? How can you be sure? God, in a calculated move, spoke the heavens into existence. He created a universe of controlled fusions, fiery furnaces, moving vehicles. In a calculated move he spoke the earth into being, and created man to inhabit it. And His calculations haven’t failed. He knew there would be a burp in the system and already had the plan in place to correct it. He knew that man would sin and bring corruption into the system and He had preplanned to bring the system back into perfection. It’s been a slow process as we, man, see it, but it has been fast in the grand scheme of things. When He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world, to take on the penalty of sin and provide the fix, He set the time for the system to be fixed, cleared of sin.
What has seemed ages to us, is short to Him and has been the purpose to save as much as possible, everyone, if that could be, but alas, there is a price. Jesus, His Son, died for our sins so that we could be made perfect again. But you have to trust in Him, accept His solution and be made whole. He brought you here for this moment, this time, to accept His free gift. Who do you trust? The God of the universe, whose creation continues to go without a hitch, or man who’s constantly bungling things up. Your choice.