Angles of Obedience
YEARS before there was Angry Birds, there was a very basic computer game played on a PC in our high school library.
Students would gather around to watch a small, terribly rendered figure launch a rocket from one side of the screen, over some terrain, with the aim of hitting a gorilla or ape-like creature on the other side.
Lining up a shot meant inputting angles and a thrust percentage.
What those cunning teachers were doing by allowing students to play the game was teaching them about geometry and physics.
Oh, the hours that were put in by fun-seeking students, blissfully unaware they were actually learning.
It was all about trajectory.
Fast forward 30 years and we have the same basic concept but with cute, somewhat overweight birds and perhaps even cuter (and even more overweight) snorting green pigs.
Millions of people, hardcore gamers and casuals alike, enjoy pulling back the slingshot to launch a bird into the towers built by those nasty piggies.
They hope and practice for direct hits on the small green enemy. Sometimes they target the base of a wobbly structure that would certainly not pass local council approval.
Again, it’s all about trajectory, providing the same fun as it did back in the school library.
If you’re aim is off, or if it strays a bit, then chances are it’s not going to hit the mark.
Life trajectories can be “off” as well. If we’re not aiming for Jesus, setting our sights on Him or taking our eyes off the prize, then it gets worse after we “fire”.
We find that a little bit of movement, a bit of sin that’s left to fester in our lives, will bump off our angle.
If not lined up correctly, the shot can miss completely or affect something we don’t want it to.
Our misdirected actions, those not guided by God, can have consequences for others, like the rechocet effect on the pig’s towers, with knock-on repercussions.
We may not have a dotted guideline that we move around to see where our actions will impact but we’ve got the Bible that contains all the aiming instructions we need.
Doing our best to follow these will give us the right angle in every situation.
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:2.