Starlink satellites, Tesla Motors, the SpaceX complex and, mark my word, a soon to be renamed village of Boca Chica to be known as Starbase, Texas, all owe their success to one man: Elon Musk. This gentleman has made an impact on the scientific and business community as none other in the history of mankind. He is, truly, one-of-a-kind.
In addition to his venture into space and the automotive industry, Musk founded the Boring Company, a tunnel construction company, co-founded the web software company Zip2 with his brother Kimbal, (acquired by Compaq for $307 million in 1999). Additionally, he co-founded the online banking enterprise x.com which merged with Confinity in 2000 to form PayPal, which in turn was purchased by eBay for $1.5 billion, $100 million of which went to Musk for his 11.7% ownership share (Wikipedia).
Elon Musk, now just 50 years old, has my profound admiration and must be congratulated for his genius and willingness to push ahead when failure seemed imminent. Tesla, the electric vehicle company Musk helped launch, nearly went bankrupt in 2013, but by May 2013, Tesla had turned everything around and posted its first quarterly profit.
What we have here is, again, a maxim held by almost all successful people: when you have a dream, you must never, but never, give up. SpaceX, as a case in point, endured three failed launches before a fourth turned out to be a smashing success. From that moment on, the company went on to impact southern Texas, the scientific community, and space exploration in a way no one could have imagined.
This engaging entrepreneur has impressed us with his genius, made an indelible name for himself, and developed new avenues of interstellar exploration, but to what end? If not atheist, he is an agnostic, devoted as he is reported to have said, to “the advancement of humanity by using technology.” Courageous, intelligent, and determined, he is a man devoted to science and the universe. Heaven, however, is not on his radar.
It is, it seems to me, foolish and irresponsible to plan for this life alone. Elon Musk is building an empire on earth, with plans to colonize the moon and Mars. He has, however, at least from all we have been told, made no plans for life after death. The universe may beckon, the science of extra-terrestrial travel may intrigue him, but within forty years or so, all of this will mean nothing. And eternity lasts for a long time.
And that, to me, is tragic. No one need question the good he has done. But, as Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Elon Musk’s accomplishments will be overshadowed by the one question God is sure to ask: what did you do with my Son? A man can ignore Jesus Christ, deny Him, or dismiss Him as irrelevant to modern life for only so long. Death is inevitable and no amount of good we have done will count to our credit if we have turned our backs on the gift of eternal life found only in Jesus Christ.