I confess. I have been in denial of anthropogenic global warming, now called anthropogenic climate change. But, no more.
When former Vice President Al Gore published his book (and a movie) titled An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, I laughed.
Why did I laugh? The fact of climate change is indisputable, as it has been since the beginning of recorded human history. It’s not the fact of climate change but the attribution of the cause that gives rise to my laughter.
Let’s detour for a moment to a recent catastrophic event in California: forest fires of 2018.
Those devastating forest fires in California most certainly are unrelated to changes in weather patterns; they are indicative of mankind ignoring science, history, and common sense. However, those forest fires have nothing to do with changes in the climate.
Since my childhood, the idea of building a home in a forest was a non-starter because of the wisdom of my Mississippi uncle Reginald White whose home was built in a forest but all the trees within a quarter mile had been cut down. He explained, “A forest fire destroys houses built too close to the forests.”
In remarks by President Barack Obama at the USCG Academy commencement ceremony, he attributed human activity to the rising tide along the coast of Virginia, saying, “Climate change poses a threat to the readiness of our forces. Many of our military installations are on the coast, including, of course, our Coast Guard stations. Around Norfolk, high tides and storms increasingly flood parts of our Navy base and an airbase.“
While flooding of the coastline in Norfolk, VA is a reality, it’s not due to the sea rising; it’s a function of land subsidence, according to the USGS publication Land Subsidence and Relative Sea-Level Rise in Southern Chesapeake Bay Region.
If climate changes that melt glaciers, lead to widespread drought conditions, and water shortages are not the results of the use of carbon-based fuels that emit carbon-dioxide, what is the cause?
In a word: sin. Another word: disobedience.
There are 22 Bible verses that directly associate human misbehavior and God’s sovereignty with dramatic changes in the weather.
Global warming, aka climate change, is indeed a consequence of human activity, but not the cause. As the above scriptures clearly indicate the same God who created the heaven ns
The bad news is we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Consequently, we are made found disobedient to God’s directives for holy living. The big ‘paddle’ God uses to point us in the right direction is weather over which he is totally in control.
The Good News of the Kingdom of God is this. God sent his only begotten son to save us from the consequences of our sin. Sin has a color, red, according to Isaiah 1:18.
“Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
It’s no coincidence the color of sin and the color of blood are red. Rabbi Lapin says there is no Hebrew word for coincidence. Therefore, it’s no coincidence you are reading this right now.
Confess your sin to God. Ask for his forgiveness. Invite Jesus to come into your heart and be Lord over your life.
If you read and acted on the previous paragraph, ask God to point you to a local church where you can learn how to live a victorious life on earth and enjoy an eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
The church from which I receive my spiritual education is Gateway Church headquartered in Southlake, Texas. There are six campuses around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. My campus is the Dallas location on Hillcrest Road.