God and Global Warming
In Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he had made and it was very good.” Would God say the same thing about our Earthly home right now? The first chapters of Genesis provides an account of God’s work in creating our Earth, and all living things – including humanity. Our wonderful oceans, amazing mountains, pristine rivers, green forests, and every conceivable animal are a result of God’s mighty handy work.
God gave us the Earth and the bountiful produce as food to grant us healthy lives. He also charged us with the responsibility of living in harmony with Him and the land (Leviticus 26:4-6). In fact, Leviticus chapter 25 informs us that God owns the Earth and we are really tenants who should watch over His creation carefully.
Arguably, much of humanity has distanced themselves from God. Through urban development and the industrial age we are further distancing our relationship with the land. This means we have lost contact with, and understand less about the necessary relationships we should have with our Earthly surroundings. Without doubt we have become poor and irresponsible tenants and stewards, polluting and destroying every corner of the Earth.
Slowly we are coming to terms with the fact that we are changing the face of our Earth through the burning of fossil fuels. The overwhelming majority of scientists are now convinced that man is adding to the natural warming of the Earth. This is taking place through the use of fossil fuels to generate our electricity and fuel transport needs.
Burning fossil fuel releases carbon dioxide that was once locked away inside the Earth. The huge quantities of carbon dioxide we release creates a blanket around the globe, trapping in heat from the sun (that normally would escape) and is warming the Earth. Already the climate is changing, and countries are experiencing hotter temperatures, longer droughts, storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, and sea levels are rising. Unless we reduce our carbon emissions the future consequences are dire indeed. The fact is we will leave our children and grandchildren with a world racked in the disgrace of our own complacency. There is a short window where you and I can speak out and stop our addiction to fossil fuel, and reduce the potential of these dreadful impacts.
Right now, there is a very real need for urgent action. We need to take personal responsibility and ensure our leaders put in place appropriate legislation that will change the way we power our societies. God gave us such a beautiful planet to live on, and we are destroying it right before His eyes. Jesus said if you are not for me you are against me. With global warming, if you are not part of the solution you are by default part of the problem. It is time to act… The 3 Step Climate Action Plan is simple, straight forward and has a powerful outworking.
Pray and ask God to help you commit to taking up this challenge. You can make a difference!
Stephen K Ewings