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“What’s it say about a country that believes God is dead and the Elvis is alive and in hiding somewhere?”

Have you ever had a “bummer” day? Well, obviously, I know the answer to that question. We all have them: young/old, men/women, babies/grandparents, Christian/non-Christian. Had one myself just the other day. Oh, it wasn’t really that bad a day, but it was a day that I kind of said to my self, “somebody talk to me about this.” I just wanted some “wise-counsel.” But, I wanted counsel that was unbiased, someone who had no conflict of interest with the issue. The issue, well I was in a situation where I just wanted to shout, “Hey! God where are You?!”

It really wasn’t that dramatic, but it got me to thinking, who’s going to give me the answer to this mess, “OK, who is the smartest person I know?” In my brain I went through a checklist of friends, relatives, people I didn’t even know came to mind. No! I wanted someone who had the reputation of “knowing everything,” I needed some “know-it-all.” Then it occurred to me. When I was a kid the smartest man we all knew about was Albert Einstein. You know the one, the one we all tease about: “alright Einstein, what do you think?” That was the way we diminished our friends when they boasted a little too much. Einstein, Yeh! Let me check this out with Einstein. That’s who I need. I need Einstein!

Well, of course Einstein’s dead! So I thought, well he surely left some wise and useful information for me to check out. Surely the “smartest man in the world” said something that was recorded about how he felt about God, if not, at least some statement about how he thought there was no God and Christians were all just fools! So off to the computer I go. I found many interesting things that Einstein said. Here are a few.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage- to move in the opposite direction.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. (I like that one!)

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts can be counted.

Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.

Wow! There it was! Surely if Einstein, the smartest of us, believed that (and so strongly believed it) it’s OK to believe right along with him! We certainly would be in “good company.” For the most part, we are no Einsteins, but the man known for having the most “intellect” just joined with us as a Believer! Actually, it’s very documented how Einstein felt about science and God. “Albert” felt that with science “the thoughts of God may be trapped and grasped.” He regularly read the Bible, Old and New, throughout his life and attended a Bible study regularly. He thought of God as revealing Himself in the harmony and rational beauty of the universe. “I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith…science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” He was once quoted to say, “God does not play dice,” meaning this universe not by chance but design. In “Albert’s” mind, the order found in the universe confirmed the existence of God! Well, if it’s good enough for Time Magazines “Man of the Century” it’s good enough for me!

Good counsel and from someone at a distance from my issue, someone with “no interest in my little problem.” Thinking about what Einstein had to say reminded me of Psalm 136:

Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His Mercy endureth forever
To Him who alone doeth great wonders…
To Him the by Wisdom made the heavens…
To Him that stretcheth out the earth above the waters…
To Him that made great lights…the sun to rule by day, the moon and stars to rule by night
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for His Mercy endureth for ever.

A colleague said of Einstein, “(He) used to speak of God so often that I almost looked upon him as a disguised theologian.” For Albert Einstein “God” was not a just a mode of thought but rather an expression of a “lived faith.” It has been said that he was the person that used more of his brain than any other man alive. Einstein! My pal, my buddy! Good advice, just what I needed to hear from the smartest among us. Never thought I could get over a “bummer” by reading Einstein. Thanks Albert!