TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 6, 2014

Will drones deliver?


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Malicious minds with telescopic rifles could have a field day picking off pizza-delivering drones; to say nothing of drones delivering expensive merchandize ordered through Amazon. Yet those with brains (creative minds) and money (such as Amazon and pizza chains) are intent on proposing this prompt-to-the-door delivery.

This speedy and efficient break-through for satisfying the craving of buyers seems to avoid all the burden of auto-delivery time and expense; urban congestion barricading promptness and efficiency.

Senate Committees and the FAA will have their work cut out for them, ironing out endless snags and kinks. Many people in-the-know (whoever they all might be) say this is a very promising and viable pursuit for the future. Then there are also many people in–the-know (again whoever they might be) who skeptically critique the entire process of drone delivery as unrealistic fantasy. Could it possibly be a repeat of the early 20th century horse-lovers mockery of autos, “get a horse?”

UPS, U.S. Postal Service and Federal Express have been in the business for years; with phenomenal volume and accuracy — a weekly billion dollar business. The proficiency of these delivery services (even with the rare blemished track records) is nothing less than phenomenal.

As I think of effective and efficient delivery service, I realize that I have been in that business all my life; delivering goods — The Good News to avoid death and live forever — radio, TV, newspapers, Twitter and pulpits have been in my employ. Should the drone be added to my list?

Excitement and conviction about Jesus Christ and his Gospel as the solitary formula to avoid death and gain eternal happiness, creates in me an effervescent adrenaline directing the employment of everything and anything to get this best news ever to as many people as possible. I have always felt a compulsion (by the grace of God) to proclaim the signs and wonders (countless miracles) of Jesus; so clearly and historically recorded for us in the Gospels.

Combating a world filled with faithless skepticism enticed with distractions (all purported to bring happiness) is today’s opposition; the malicious mind with the telescopic rifle ready to “shoot down” this world’s Savior and his words of eternal life.

 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus… I give you the charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine… they will turn their ears away from the truth…” [2TIM 4:1- 4]

Will drones deliver? Perhaps. Will I deliver? By the grace of God!



The Rev. John Burkhart Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of psychology

jandmburkhart@yahoo.com blog at inspirationsandideas