For the last few days, I’ve been watching two developing news stories that are both difficult for me to absorb.
One is the disaster in the gulf that claimed at least 11 lives and now threatens the ecosystems, economy, and quality of life of our Gulf Coast. Can’t imagine what it will mean if the present estimates hold true: up to 5000 barrels of oil a day, leaking at 5000 feet below the surface, for the months that are now projected to stop the leak.
The other story that I don’t know what to make of is the suspicious claims of a group of Chinese and Turkish Ark hunters who held a press conference earlier in the week to announce that they were 99.9% sure that they had found Noah’s Ark at about 13,000 feet on Mt Ararat.
As much as I can’t imagine how the oil gushing into our Gulf waters is going to end, I also can’t fathom what these alleged followers of Christ were thinking if they they knowingly made false claims about finding the Ark.
The subject of Noah’s Ark is so important not only to the record of the Bible but also to an understanding of our future.
Jesus himself said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be…Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt 27:36-40).
Hope we can affirm together that these words of our Lord deserve our trust… regardless of the the damage we are seeing to the Gulf… and to the reputation of alleged followers of Christ…