@ReSound-TruckDriver That’s an interesting point. I hadn’t realized communion was taken on the moon mission, either. I looked into it more and found these links interesting. @Jesse_Means_God_Exists mentioned this, too.
The first point in the Gospel Coalition article stood out to me. Buzz Aldrin was an elder at his local church and said after his landing, “We wanted to express our feeling that what man was doing in this mission transcended electronics and computers and rockets.” Aldrin had consulted his pastor, Dead Woodruff, who reflected, "“One of the principal symbols is that God reveals himself in the common elements of everyday life.”
Pretty powerful stuff. I’m going to ponder this more, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. I think my question would be, what elements do we experience in our everyday lives (like Aldrin saw the computers and rockets), and how can we lift those up towards God? It’s probably different for each of us in our careers.
I agree with you on the trend of modern conversations shying away from faith-based conversations. I work in communications, and I can get so frustrated. Yet, I think one of the most powerful parts of Aldrin’s story is that he, too, faced opposition, and NASA had even had a lawsuit brought against them for the astronaut’s reading of Genesis on the Apollo 8 mission. Yet, I think God used that opposition as a reminder He is doing the working for His light to shine, not us. When Aldrin gave the small opportunity that he had, just asking for each listener to offer up thanks in his or her own way, God still shone through.
In that sense, it was kind of a mirror of our own lives as Christians. We don’t save ourselves, but we do humbly clear out the distractions in our lives and invite God in, who then is the one who does the working in our lives. I’d love to hear your thoughts! In your all’s line of work, how do you create space for Christ in your personal interactions, and how do you walk the line of giving acknowledgement to Christ without pushing Him onto others? Are there other examples in history where you can think of someone giving God space, similarly to Aldrin did with his request for thanksgiving?
I’m a new professional and always looking to learn from wiser folks. I’ve chatted with Carson and others about it before, and one helpful tip I gleaned was to simply let others know we are Christian, as then we can gauge their level of interested reaction. Vince Vitale also mentions in one his talks about just talking about church as a regular part of the answer to “What did you do this weekend?” This weekend, I was doing that, and I asked, “Would you like to go with me?” To my amazement, without hesitation the person said “Yes.” I felt pretty foolish for not asking before. So, needless to say, I’m always looking for ideas… because I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m starting to learn it’s less about what we can’t do and more about just giving God what we have.
The Guidepost article says Buzz Aldrin quoted a verse from Psalm 8 at the end of the mission. It’s a beautiful passage, and I pulled verses 3 and 4, which Aldrin quoted. Are there any other Bible passages that stand out to you on the glory of God’s creation?
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?