Another of my Christmas gifts this year was a DVD copy of one of my favorite movies, Jurassic World. While unfortunately this one probably has the least influence of Jurassic Park creator, the late Michael Crichton, I really think it is the best movie of the series. One of the things that makes it so endearing to me is because it picks up on Crichton’s original theme, Just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. This has ramifications far beyond cloning dinosaurs, and I think that’s the point.
In this film, we see once again that human beings are slow learners when it comes to cause and effect. Three movies worth of failed attempts at harnessing dinosaurs for fun and profit should have showed us this just doesn’t work, but no. In Jurassic World, the people think they finally have it figured out. They have created a great amusement park, but the people want more. Corporate greed says give it to them, so they begin to make designer dinosaurs, because the real deal is not terrifying or dangerous enough. Of course the results are disastrous. Playing God always is and again this has ramifications far beyond cloning dinosaurs. Are you catching a theme?
Of course there are also other villains, like short sighted human beings who think that they can control “nature” and turn it into a weapon for profit. Everybody wants to rule the world, I guess and while this all may be seeming a bit far-fetched and yet what makes these movies and the books they are based on work is the fact that the reader can imagine people actually doing all of this. The ramifications are far beyond cloning dinosaurs.
So what can we learn from this? A couple things.
First off, only God is God and we forget that to our peril. There’s a reason dinosaurs and humans do not coexist (at least not since the flood for my New Earth readers) and there is a reason for everything God does. There are things that His permissive will, will allow us to do, that are not to our benefit, but rather a consequence of free will. This is summed up in the them of the book. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. We need to ask that question before making the choice to do anything. Just because God does not stop you from doing something doesn’t mean He wants you to do it.
Instead we should ask, “Does this choice, this action, line up with what I know about God as He reveals Himself in Scripture?” If not, we should not do it. Anything else is playing God and you’re not Him.
Secondly greed and pride will mess you up, every time. We’re not just talking making dinosaurs here. Our lives are supposed to be lived to the glory of God. If He can’t be glorified in our actions we should not take them. Scripture says you can’t serve two masters (God and money). Pride is the sin that made the devil fall, and if it made him fall, you can’t beat it at least not without God’s help. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Which one are you?
The reason all of this is so important is simple. As a creative, you can do what a lot of people cannot. As a result, you will be presented with many opportunities to do a lot of things. Not all of them are good. We need to guard our hearts, seek God and make good choices, because the thing is…
Just ’cause you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.