Man on the Moon

Posted by Al Hathaway Monday, July 20, 2009

40 years is a long period of time. Biblically its a significant period of time: 40 years in the the Hebrew people wandered in the wilderness, 40 days of preparation and temptation for Jesus Christ. Today marks 40 years since man set foot on the moon. President Kennedy had set what seemed to be an impossible goal and all eyes were glued to watch this historic occasion.

40 years ago, America was a different place; racism was still blatant in America, violence or non-violence as a means of protest was hotly debated within the African American community, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy where all murdered and gone. We had so called conquered outer space, but had failed at understanding inner space. The Vietnam war was still raging and political turmoil was on the rise.

40 years later what have we learned?

Very little, when viewed from the lens of educating inner city children, when assessing health care disparities, when measuring the digital divide, when analyzing the widening income gap between Blacks and Whites, when depicting the tragedy of racial incarceration rates, or when you determine the unemployment rates in inner city America. Truly we have done very little.

When you think about the tremendous efforts of Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote peace or Mother Theresa to promote caring for one another. We have missed the mark that their visions described.

Nevertheless, the Psalmist said it right: "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me." Psalm 139: 7 - 10 (ESV)

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