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Having Church 238,900 Miles Away

Church on the Moon

The greatest scientific achievements in history came from Christians.

That’s right. Atheists like to mock Christianity and position Christians as being “against science.” However, the truth is, Godless science has produced little in the pursuit of science.

In 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 because the first manned spaceflight to escape the earth’s orbit, reach and orbit the moon, and safely return. As they orbited the moon on Christmas Eve, astronauts Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman recited Genesis chapter 1, verses 1 through 10 on a live radio broadcast back to earth.

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You’re Not Too Busy for Church

A year later, in 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module, and became the first humans in history to walk on the moon.

Thanks to an ongoing NASA lawsuit from Madelyn O’Hare over the reading of Genesis on the Apollo 8 broadcast, NASA asked the astronauts not to broadcast anything Christian.

After ending their radio transmission, complete with “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Buzz Aldrin opened a small package. Inside of that package was a piece of bread and a small cup of wine. There, on the surface of the moon, Aldrin read these words from Jesus:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.”

Buzz Aldrin, standing on the moon, took communion to reflect and give thanks to God, and to the knowledge that we can do nothing without Him.

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I’m standing on the moon, there’s a whole lot that I want to see and do. That is, if I didn’t just stand there with my mouth open in wonder.

This is the moment men had dreamed about for years – the moment NASA had been working tirelessly to reach. And, there was so much to do and learn in the short time they would have on the moon. Not to mention, the fearful flight of the LM back to the main module.

And this astronaut had church on the moon.

Today, I know you have a lot of responsibilities. I know you have a lot to do, and work tomorrow comes a lot faster than any of us would like. But, if Buzz Aldrin can take time for church on the moon, it’s not hard for us to have church here on earth.

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