Take a Bigger Look

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge - Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville

Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon. On his return he had what was described as “an epiphany in space.” Looking at the stars and the Earth he was overwhelmed by a “sense of oneness, of connectedness.” His perspective about the cosmos and life itself expanded. As he said, “From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a b——.” (The Week, Feb. 19, 2016)

Few have been to the moon but we have pictures and can see outer space closer with a telescope. Even at that 97.9 % of the universe is invisible. Taking a bigger look expands our own perspective about the vastness of the cosmos and creation, and the little lives we lead. That bigger picture is helpful when we apply it to politics and religion as well. Our small perspectives tend to exclude ideas and realities outside

our narrow view. In religion, for example, we sometimes think that God loves only our little group of believers. Those who don’t believe and practice as we do are deemed not to be loved by God and will surely go to hell. If one were to believe that, God hates most of his human creation. A current trend from this narrow perspective is to exclude Muslims from God’s love and from being welcomed into American society.

Wouldn’t it be nice to view the universe as Edgar Mitchell saw it? We can’t go to the moon, but we can look from the small end of our telescopes to view a bigger picture. The opposite look, from the big lens to the small, returns us to petty perspectives. There is “oneness” in God’s cosmos. We are connected to one another whether or not we see each other as sisters and brothers.

The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge

Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville

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