Do we really want change in our lives?

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By Jeffery Donahue

Looking back on the last century, I can’t help but imagine what life will be like during the coming century. I wonder what advancements will be made technologically, politically and religiously.

We’ve come a long way since the Industrial Revolution. Automobiles are far more efficient than ever. Planes have gone from unstable gliders to space shuttles taking man to places we previously only dreamed of.

Advancements in genetics, like those of the transportation industry, are very promising. Soon we will be able to maintain our bodies in a similar fashion to interchangeable parts. When a body part goes bad, it’ll be easy to simply replace it and keep running. In the near future, we should be able to order custom-made organs and tissues engineered specifically for our bodies.

Opponents of the genetic breakthroughs argue that such an application of human discovery is “playing God.” I would beg to differ.

“I know what you do; I know that you have power; you have followed my teaching and have been faithful to me. I have opened a door in front of you, which no one can close,” Revelation 3:8.

In my opinion, the door the writer was referring to is our opportunity to make use of the tools that God has given us to try to make life better for ourselves. Yes, certainly there are boundaries, but where do we draw the line and who will draw it? Should we look up to the self-interest politicians to make pertinent decisions on our behalf, or should we take an active part in democracy? I’m left with two inquiries: do we really want change or do we want to stay comfortable with a deadlocked political culture?

Jeffery Donahue