What do "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie" and Genesis 1:1 have in common? Quite a lot!
I got this crazy picture in my mind the other day. I don't even know what causes these thoughts to come to mind when they do. I imagine there are times the Lord does that. But other times, who knows what causes those things to come to mind? This picture in my mind's eye was off Jeannie, from "I Dream of Jeannie" fame. Remember her? Remember how she used to blink her eyes and make her magic happen? About that same time I was thinking about Samantha on "Bewitched." What would she do? She'd wiggle her nose. (I wonder how many of you just did that.) She would wiggle her nose and then she'd make her little magic happen.
I got to reflecting about whether in their minds--of course they are fictitious characters--but if in their minds they were really doing something magical with their noses or eyes when they did that. In other words, if Samantha had not wiggled her nose do you think she could have still accomplished her magical feats? I imagine so. Or if Jeannie didn't blink her eyes do you think she could still have accomplished what she meant to accomplish? After all, she was a genie, wasn't she? She could do that kind of thing.
In other words, it doesn't seem like there was anything magical in their actions. If there were then all of you out there who just wiggled your nose would have had something magical happen. But nothing did, so it's not in the wiggling . . .
Why are human beings valuable? What is a human being? You have to answer those questions before you can say that this child isn't a human being without value.
I had a fascinating discussion with some Christian friends and some non-Christian acquaintances last evening at a dinner party. It reminded me of something that Chuck Colson said last year when he addressed the Harvard Business School on the issue of ethics. He said, "Every person has an infinite capacity for self-rationalization."
I think about that often. Although this immediate application has to do with how non-Christians often rationalize their unbelief, I think about it in another way. Am I just seeking some answer, any answer, for what I happen to believe now , grasping about for any solution to a problem Christianity presents, no matter how thin that solution may be? Some proposed solutions to questions people raise are just not adequate, yet we believe them because it assuages out doubt. "There's something I can hold onto," even though it may not be a real good solution to the problem we're facing. They're enough to calm our fears, our doubts, for the moment, but other people see right through them.
This is a good reason we should always be vigilant as we seek to . . .