Jason B. Ladd

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Fighting Against the Gravity of God

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Fighter pilots are always considering the gravity of God. During basic fighter maneuvering (BFM), fighter pilots learn how to fight against enemy aircraft in close air-to-air combat. After coming to a merge with over 1,000 knots of closure, each pilot must make decisions about how to fly the aircraft to arrive at a position of advantage.

During these maneuvers, the force of gravity (also known as G-forces, or simply “G”) can both help and hurt a pilot depending on his situation. It is not uncommon to hear a reference to “God’s G” during a flight brief about how to execute BFM.

The F/A-18 Hornet can pull up to 7.5 Gs. The onset can be either fast or slow depending on how quickly the pilot pulls on the control stick. The feeling is not unlike being smashed in an invisible vice.

A 150-pound pilot weighs over 1,000 pounds at 7.5 Gs, and all body movement becomes more difficult. The head must be positioned prior to the maneuver since attempts to turn the neck under heavy G and maneuvering can cause severe injury.

Under G, the blood is pulled away from the head and toward the lower portion of the body. For this reason, pilots must execute a special physical maneuver to help stop the blood from pooling and keep the brain provided with enough blood (and oxygen) to maintain vision and keep sight of an adversary. Failure to properly execute this anti-G straining maneuver can lead to temporary blindness, incapacitation, or complete G induced loss of consciousness known as G-LOC.

When fighter pilots feel the effects of God’s G, they must act. With the proper maneuvers, they can harness the gravity of God and use it for good.

The gravity of God is not only experienced by fighter pilots.  It is experienced by everyone who has heard about a God with unlimited power and authority. But this gravity has nothing to do with Gs. This gravity is what accompanies discovery of man’s nature, the person of God, and the implications of living a life according to his truths.

The gravity of God is the invisible vice constricting around a once-hardened heart, pushing in realizations and squeezing out doubts as you lose ground to the hound of heaven in chase. Once he’s on your six, there’s no shaking him.

You will have no wingman to scrape him off, for:

“God arises. His enemies scatter, and those who hate Him flee from his presence” (Psalm 68:1, HCSB).

When you fight against the gravity of God, you will not win. You cannot win.

But once you understand the gravity of God, you can maneuver your life to make God’s G work for you. When you harness the gravity of God, you win. In fact, you cannot lose.

Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receive favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:34-36, NIV).

Have you experienced the gravity of God? Are you fighting it?

Consider my question and tagline for FIGHTER FAITH: what are you fighting for?

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

17 Replies

  1. lemmie40

    So which god has the strongest gravitational field? It could be Ganesha since he’s got that giant elephant head and mass is what causes gravity. It could be Ra though. He’s sometimes represented as a falcon, but sometimes represented as the sun and the sun definitely has the largest gravitational field in our solar system. But then again, distance also plays a significant role in the gravitational equation, and the sun is quite far away. Perhaps Geb is a better candidate? The god of earth who’s laughter shakes the ground and whose benevolence causes the plants of the field to grow is quite massive and directly under your feet. Yes, it must be Geb! He is the perfect combination of mass and distance! I can even feel him pulling me down towards his bosom at this moment!

    All hail Geb! Ancient god of the Earth, whose loving embrace pulls all things toward him!!! There is no escaping his call, all things will eventually fall into his grasp!

    1. Funny, but your opening question is invalid.

      1. lemmie40

        I don’t think it is, could you explain to me why you think so? Of course I was joking about a gods gravitational pull being caused by mass, because that “gravitational pull” is actually a social pressure exerted by it’s followers on those around them to conform to their belief system. The more followers a god has, the greater it’s likelihood of attracting even more followers is because there will be more believers sharing that gods teachings with others nearby and pressuring others to join their community. Distance certainly plays a role here too, just like in gravity, because when the teachings of other gods are only discussed far away from you, they’re unlikely to pull you toward them as you won’t be able to hear them. This is why when people adopt a religion, they almost always adopt the most common religion of the community they live in.
        There’s even a useful analogy to Newton’s three-body problem (well, n-body problem in this case, since there are many more than 3 gods out there). When one of the “bodies” of believers becomes signifcantly more massive than the others, it attracts and influences the other bodies around it to a much greater degree.

        1. It’s invalid because you begin by assuming many possible gods, any one of which could reasonably be attributed to be the creator of gravity. This is not the case. Secondly, while I do appreciate your extension of the gravity analogy, your heavy dose of sarcasm warrants suspicion that you would be willing to accept truth when it is discovered.

          1. lemmie40

            Why is that not the case?

          2. Because there might be only a single god capable of having the attributes classicaly attributed to the First Cause and creator of all things. This is the question which must first be answered before it is useful to move forward.

          3. lemmie40

            That might be the case, but there also might be many gods who worked together to create this universe. I don’t see a compelling reason to think that this universe was created by a single entity rather than multiple entities. There also may be many gods, each with the power to create universes of their own who all interact with each of the many universes in our multiverse. There is no real reason to think any one of those scenario s is more likely than the others beyond a limited imagination.

          4. Lisa Brown

            Jason I first want to thank you for serving our Country! Second I want to thank you for writing.
            I am a mom and it is on my heart to pray for your wife and children. Now for your post. — In have experienced God fighting for me. There is nothing that can separate me from the love, protection, and guidance of God. Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit when He went to be with the Father. I experience the Holy Spirit’s counsel. daily. I have to do my part though. I have to daily repent, surrender, and seek God with all my heart and mind.
            Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors,
            waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receive favor
            from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate
            me love death” (Proverbs 8:34-36, NIV).

            Thank you for sharing this scripture!!! It is a great reminder. As a mom I get overwhelmed at times. But I have the knowledge and understanding of Jesus. I find life, love and joy when I watch for Him to show during my prayer times. r

            I could write more. But my darling daughter wants me to put shampoo in her hair.

            Take care and thanks for blogging for Christ!!!

          5. Lisa, Thank you for your prayers. Serving is my pleasure and my honor. Thank you for your service in ministry and allowoing God to make you an instrument for good and truth. God bless.

          6. Sam Hall

            40, where you get these strange thoughts, my friend? What you smokin’? You need to get serious with your time, your life.

          7. lemmie40

            What strange thoughts? The idea of polytheism is much older than the idea of monotheism, and the idea of many universes is supported by many prominent physicists such as Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alan Guth. As for getting serious with my time and my life, you obviously don’t believe that spending a trivial amount of time on thought experiments here on the internet is the significant waste of resources you make it out to be, or you wouldn’t have bothered reading my posts and responding to me 🙂

          8. Here is some good reading about the multiverse hypothesis http://goo.gl/BuJjZE

  2. Elizabeth Ellis

    Jason, I never realized what a pilot goes through to maneuver a fighter plane in G-force. God’s G is always reaching out to mankind seeking to draw us to him. The truth about this one God can be found when we seek Him with all our heart and not just go through an intellectual exercise. Many blessings to all your pilots who fly these fighter planes…Liz

  3. Jason, great analogy here. Those who only wish to argue or yank or chain and not discuss with open minds do not have open hearts; they walk the wide path. Yet, we must continue to love and pray in faith for all God’s children to be redeemed, receive God’s grace, and harness God’s gravity.

    1. I am a patient man. God was patient with me, and continues to be. I understand the other side. God’s truth will prevail.

  4. Brooke McGillivray

    I recently completed a time of service to which I felt God called me. It was the hardest few years of my life. I wanted to quit. Thought I’d made a mistake. And the more I struggled against it, the harder it got. When I finally made the decision to finish the course, no matter what, and left it up to God to get me thru, it went much better. And in the end brought much blessing. Thanks for the wonderful analogy and wisdom shared.

    1. Brooke, Thank you for this testimony. I hope others are encouraged by it and find the strength to make the leap of faith God brings them to the edge of a trial.