“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3, NASB
Nick Newcomen recently drove 12,238 miles across the United States with his GPS to generate the following message on Google Earth:
Why? According to wired.com, Newcomen said that in addition to being an Ayn Rand fan (understatement, anyone?), he made the 30 days long trip because “in [his] opinion, if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place — freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future.”
Mr. Newcomen isn’t the only one in search of freedom and a better world. As believers in Jesus Christ, though, we are in the unique position of knowing the Way by whom these can be obtained. We know that Jesus taught that the knowledge of the truth is what makes us free (John 8:32). He is the embodiment of truth (John 14:6). Thus, true freedom is found only in knowing Him.
Ms. Rand was an atheist who believed in reason and politics as the means to a better world. In this video, she states that faith and reason are opposed to each other and that faith in God gives people an excuse to think and behave irrationally. While there’s not enough room here to fully treat that topic, God is not opposed to reason; rather, He is the Creator of both reason and logic. The laws that govern reason emanated from His mind. He works with our logic and invites us to reason with Him, in spite of the inherent subjectivity and finiteness of our thinking. He encapsulated His divinity in humanity, His divine truths into parables, so that He could reach us through reason, in a way that is understandable to us.
It may be that the “world’s biggest message” right now is a recommendation to read the works of an atheist. The Gospel message is much bigger, though, and must be proclaimed more widely than this one. It offers a living hope, true freedom, and the greatest reason of all – love.
The author of the wired article asks, “What message would you write using a GPS?” If we want to make the world a better place, I humbly submit the following:
Know Jesus Christ
Let these words be written in our minds and in our hearts, just as we are written in the palms of God’s hands (Isaiah 49:16).