- - Friday, September 2, 2016

1| When KAL 007 Went Down, Reagan Rose to the Occasion |Real Clear Politics

***Yesterday marked the anniversary of the 1983 attack and destruction by the Soviet Union of commercial airline flight KAL 007.

Did you know that Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” was inspired by this event? Or that Jerry Falwell theorized that the USSR brought down the plane, killing 269, in order to kill Georgia Democratic Congressman Larry McDonald—one of the most conservative Congressman of either party in the 20th century? Or that this action led to President Reagan’s making available for private use the satellite navigation systems that we now call GPS? Or that this action gave the Reagan administration needed leverage in their diplomacy with the USSR?

A lot happened by means of that one deadly Soviet action.

2| Apeirophobia: The Fear of Eternity |The Atlantic

 ***According to this article, a lot of people have a fear of eternity.

I get it. Even as a Christian, the idea of eternity is nearly overwhelming. Without the knowledge about eternity we have been given in the Bible, I cannot imagine thinking about eternity without having fear.

The reality of eternity is central to the message of the Gospel. This world is not there is, and time itself is a part of creation. But the eternal God entered time and space in the person of Jesus Christ. And what he did in time and space (and our response, here and now to what he did) affects eternity.

So, every time you see a “John 3:16” sign at a football game, let it remind you of eternity—and the Gospel which can take away the reason for the “fear of eternity.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV).

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Grasping for some sense of its prevalence, I posted on Facebook, asking if anyone had experience with apeirophobia. I received considerably more responses than expected. One friend said that he used to get so overwhelmed during sermons in early adolescence that he felt physically sick. Another wrote, “The thought of eternity still fills me with anxiety when I wake up from naps. My solution: I stopped napping.”

Where does this fear come from? A realization that an eternal afterlife could become infinitely repetitive? The recognition that one lacks control over their own destiny?

3| Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower Still Convey Quintessential American Ideas |The Federalist

…My sons stood with me, reflecting on what was inscribed in bronze before us, a history we have been taught, but is so often hidden from our view. It addresses “Almighty God” and its preamble reads more like the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” than a history book. It begins:

“From this pulpit of stone the American people render thanksgiving and praise for the new era of civilization brought forth upon this continent. Centuries of tyrannical oppression sent to these shores, God-fearing men to seek in freedom the guidance of the benevolent hand in the progress toward wisdom. Goodness toward men, and piety toward God.”

This is how we used to talk as a nation. This is what we used to believe. This is what I want my sons to remember.

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