By Ron Wood / guest columnist
The Meridian Star
What if we had to live without air-conditioning? Shudder at the thought. When the heat-index is over 100, just one step outside and you’ll discover that your 24-hour deodorant only lasts for thirty minutes.
How did our parents endure the muggy, oppressive heat; the sticky, still nights when not a breeze stirred; the long, hot days when all of their clothing was wringing wet after a few minutes in the sun? The word “sweat” seems hardly a strong enough word for what they were soaked in. Dehydration was a real risk. Salt tablets were a part of emergency kits. Yet they made it.
What if today we had no air conditioning, no Internet, no cell phones, no TV or radio, no street lamps, no fresh water, no refrigerators, no elevators, no sewage treatments plants? And what if that state of emergency lasted for a whole year? Could you survive?
That situation is exactly what would have happened if the solar flare that crossed earth’s orbit last month had hit us. The Quebec area was slammed hard in 1989. Europe and North America took a huge blast in 1859 that melted miles of telegraph lines. Such massive energy today would fry all the transistors and burn up all the transformers. That’s why our electrical grid that supplies our power is vulnerable.
There is another risk to our power grid. It is a man-made risk that our elected officials could address quickly, if they had the foresight to do it.
It is the risk of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) detonated high in the atmosphere from a small nuclear weapon. Iran and North Korea have been hard at work to perfect such a weapon. Remember the suspicious cargo ship that was caught last month in the Gulf with missiles hidden under a load of sugar? This threat is real.
An EMP blast would instantly knock out all electricity. Cities could not get water. Grocery stores would be empty. Gasoline pumps wouldn’t operate but automobiles wouldn’t start anyway because they rely on computer chips. Is this nightmare plausible? Yes, it is. It’s a cheap way to send a nation back to pioneer days. Our Aegis defense system could stop it … if we had radar and ships in place. But we don’t.
Moving from natural power to Divine Power … Did you realize that we now have a generation of “air-conditioned saints?” First time in history: comfortable saints!
By this I mean, Christians who never had to “sweat” in the sense that everything has come easy for them. No need to travail in prayer. No urgency to “pray through” until the answer comes. No sense of desperation to hear from God, or else all is lost. No mourners’ bench … just padded pews.
We’ve got all the answers pre-packed in neat boxes with fancy labels. Clean truth rationally wrapped up with a bow on top. We did away with the devil; we sanitized sin; we made all the roads to heaven equal; and we left out the power of God. Not a good idea.
Why the rush to tidy-up our religion? Well, you never know about God. You can’t control Him. If He shows up, you don’t know what He might do. Might flush out some demons and that’s messy. Could embarrass the deacons or disrupt the serenity of the service. Got to maintain order, you know. Must keep out the kids with tattoos. Tie down the ardent worshippers who weep or might lift their hands. None of that “excessive” stuff welcome here. Oh yeah, no sinners allowed, either.
Maybe we need a bolt of high energy from heaven to melt our cold, hard hearts.
Ron Wood ministers at Trinity Assembly of God, Chandler Rd. and State Blvd Ext. www.trinitymeridian.com. Ron is on SuperTalk radio Sunday at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., 103.3 FM.