March 5, 2014
I wonder what the recent crisis in Ukraine will do to the Doomsday Clock? The iconic clock was sitting at five minute until midnight the first of January but you have to wonder if the Bear flexing his muscles again will make any difference at all?
The Doomsday Clock isn’t an actual clock, instead it is a metaphor for the danger of a “civilization-threatening technological catastrophe.” It is used by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to analyze potential international threats, particularly nuclear arsenals and climate change & the closer it is to midnight the closer the world is to doom. This would be a good place for a maniacal laugh.
In 1953 the big hand was only 2 minutes from midnight as the Cold War began, the closest it’s ever been. In 1991 it was the furthest it’s been from midnight when it was set to 11:43 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. And over the past 20 years it has slowly crept ahead.
For the Christian though, the clock should hold no fear. Midnight will be determined by the Maker of the clock, not the keepers of the clock. The question then is this: How is your relationship with the Maker? Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.