Mourning Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

– Genesis 1:1

If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.

– Dr. Guy McPherson, conservation biologist

Our planet is dying. In its convulsions, we’re dangerously close to expulsion. To where will we go once we’re cast out? Huddled on the last habitable piece of land eating the last can of soy beans?

Environmentalism and Christianity: strangely these two sets of values cannot, in most minds, coexist. Yet the Bible brims with examples of connectivity between God and His creation. It also plainly states the consequences of humanity’s neglect of this wondrous home.

The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth.
The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,
and very few are left.

– Isaiah 24:4-6

We did this. God’s creation is polluted by the toxins of our greed; of our disregard for God’s covenant with Christ to save us. By neglecting God’s ways we have sealed our fate and the fate of God’s Creation. The plane, smothered in ionized radiation and engulfed in pluming gas, is going down. We are grapes in God’s proverbial winepress of wrath. Judgment awaits.

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The Science Side

Many credible scientists believe earth’s time is almost up. Consider the aforementioned Guy McPherson, Sam Carana, Stephen Hawking, and so forth. Their message? Abrupt, exponential climate change will produce an uninhabitable earth resulting in the extinction of mankind. Extreme scientists give the process ten years; more conservative estimates are 100.

We know their story is incomplete. Failing to factor God into the equation, they’ve unknowingly eliminated a crucial element: Christ’s return. Before industrial civilization collapses, the earth withers, and mankind becomes a faint memory, Christ’s Kingdom, often referred to as the Millennial Reign, will commence. Finally, the idealists dreams will be realized.

I’m not saying it won’t get bad prior to His much-awaited arrival. Trust me, it will if allowed to continue. Earth’s 443 nuclear reactors could melt down. We may exchange the Super Bowl for the Mega Dust Bowl. The oceans could turn acid, the reefs bleach white, and things could get real hot, real fast.

Biblical Climate Change

In fact, the Bible even mentions this stuff. Climate change makes complete sense in light of God’s Word. Sure, some of the end-times judgments are directly caused by God and/or His angels, but the Bible doesn’t say all apocalyptic events are a result of God’s actions. In fact, many last-days catastrophes are not attributed to anything or anyone. The text simply states they occur with no mention of their origin. Consider the following examples, a few among many:

And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.

– Jeremiah 2:7

There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Luke 21:11

The verdict is in: we defiled the land. These judgments occur as a result of our poor stewardship of God’s gift. Climate change and Biblical truth aren’t at odds. The long, tragic misconception is you must choose one over the other. Don’t buy the lie for fear of worshiping Creation, Friend; you are allowed to admire and respect God’s work.

To put it eloquently: to see God’s fingerprints, go outside.

Got Ice?

But whatever your stance on climate change, the fact is this planet will soon become so hot no one would survive if conditions were allowed to continue. Put on your geek hat and follow me to the depths of a dark truth where the heat is sweltering, the sweat drips, and the stench likens a corpse.

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Before the inception of industrial civilization in 1750 God’s Creation maintained a somewhat steady temperature of about 13.8 degrees Celsius. Apparently the Middle Age kingdoms with their accompanying lords and serfs didn’t generate much heat. Since then it’s been a risin’ and as of 2016 we found ourselves 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter.

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Sounds minor, but a 2-degree global average temperature increase will have catastrophic impacts on food production, land availability, and ocean health.

What’s worse is we’re heading for a 10-degree global average temperature increase – and some believe as soon as 2026. To be clear, these conditions are uninhabitable. Mankind could not persist in such a state.

Before this happens, however, Christ will return. How do I know?

And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.

– Matthew 24:22

Christ’s coming must be close because it occurs prior to the demise of mankind.

I’m an avid outdoors-woman. If I’m not walking I’m hiking. If I’m not hiking my seat is plopped on the saddle of a self-propelled bike. For some reason my closeness with the Father is best unhindered by a roof and four walls. God meets me in nature: at the city park, in the scary, isolated, thrilling Texas hiking trails, under the vast expanse of His starry host.

Sometimes, surrounded by the Garden of Eden, I mourn the staggering loss. My tears are mixed with anticipation for the New Earth, but what will it cost us before it comes?

My idealism leads me to the pages of Revelation.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

– Revelation 21:1-4

Oh Lord, how we, along with Your Creation, long for Your redemption.

 

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