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Contemporary Comments 2016
Texts: 1 Peter 2:9, 10; Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Peter 4:1–7; 2 Peter 1:16–21; 2 Peter 3:3–14; Daniel 2:34, 35
They’re not ridiculing Virginia Tech researchers anymore. When Flint, Michigan, residents were concerned about their water being unsafe to drink, a falsified government report claimed there was no contamination. That’s when volunteers from the Virginia Tech research team proved that there were alarming levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water. It was an uphill battle between the residents and researchers and the Flint government.
“They told me I was a liar if I was telling people that this was water from my tap and I was stupid if I thought people were going to believe me,” said Flint resident LeeAnne Walters, whose 3-year-old son was diagnosed with lead poisoning. “That’s when I decided I had to get the science behind it because you can’t argue with science.”1
The research team from Virginia Tech was actually made up of undergraduate and graduate students who heard of the Flint problem and decided unless there was scientific data, nothing would happen. So they agreed to tackle the problem. At first the media ridiculed them. “Our reputation was made fun of in that we did not know what we were talking about,” said one researcher. Another added, “It got heated, but the people in Flint had our back, and we had their backs. We had the truth too.”
Peter knew about being ridiculed by the media of his day. In this week’s Sabbath school lesson, “Peter on the Great Controversy,” he described the response of people who question the validity of the second coming of Christ. “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:3, 4 NKJV).
Just as the government officials in Flint, Michigan, spoke directly against the Virginia Tech researchers, so will doubters blatantly state that there is no such thing as the return of Christ to this earth. They claim it is a fairy tale that cannot be backed up by scientific evidence or rational philosophy. But according to the Bible, their falsified report is a cover up so they can continue “walking according to their own lusts” (verse 3).
Which report will you believe? Get your hands on God’s Word. “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (verse 13). You can’t argue with sacred truth.
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