Monday 2nd March 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Genesis 1:1-31
Topic:- Christian Gene 
Text:- Genesis 1:26
A. Two Sides of Technology:
As is so often the case, technology can be used for altruistic ends. Eliminating a genetic disease by clipping the problematic gene from a strand of DNA is surely a legitimate extension of medical surgery.
Biological engineering is also being applied to agriculture, adding genes to seeds that will produce insect- and disease-resistant crops. Tomatoes are being genetically modified to increase their shelf life, and potatoes are being genetically modified to be more nutritious.
Some consumers fear genetically modified food, thinking it could be dangerous, though studies have shown that it is as safe as unmodified food and, for insect resisting modifications, probably safer than food grown with pesticides. Consumers in the United States and countries that receive American food exports have pushed through laws requiring “GMO” (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled as such, so that they can be avoided.
Though GMO foods arguably can increase production and reduce world hunger, I suspect the real reason some people recoil from these products is the perception that they are “unnatural,” a sentiment that however ill-informed it might be pointing to our instinctual ties to creation.
And, indeed, as so often happens, with technology, innovations developed for laudable purposes, such as medicine and food production, then get taken to extremes. A company began to sell GloFish, aquarium fish with a genetic modification that causes them to glow with a red, orange, or green neon light.
Such a violation of nature, without so much as a genuine benefit to anyone, is surely perverse. The GloFish, like innumerable genetically modified animals, are patented. Is it perverse for a corporation to patent a living organism, something that is not a human invention or a manufactured product but a creation of God?
What about this blend of medicine and livestock technology? Researchers are developing the capability of genetically modifying pigs so that they will grow human organs to be used for transplants. Is that a legitimate life-saving technology, or is it an unnatural abomination?
Would you accept an organ transplant from a pig, or would you rather die? What if a loved one needed the organ? Such blurring of species, organism and machine, and the natural and the unnatural, also blurs moral boundaries.
The moral issues can be confusing even for Christians who, unlike the secularists, have a basis for knowing moral truth.
Is such genetic engineering a supreme example of the dominion that God gave to human beings “over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen. 1:26–28)?
Or is it a violation of that dominion, a kind of tyranny that abuses nature, no more a legitimate exercise of a lawful domination than an evil king who abuses his subjects?
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to have dominion henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have a Lovely Monday!