“I read this morning a newsweek article from the 1970s talking about global cooling. It said the science is clear. It is overwhelming. We’re in a major cooling period and it’s going to cause enormous problems worldwide and the solution for all the advocates in the 70’s of global cooling was massive government control of the energy sector of the economy and aspects of our lives. Now, the data proved to be not backing up of that theory. So then, all the advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming. And they advocated it’s warming and the solution, interesting enough was the exact same solution: government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives. But then the data don’t back that up. So, if you notice, the terms have shifted and now it’s climate change. And again, the solution is government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives. And when someone keeps proposing the same solution regardless of the problem, you start to think maybe they just like government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives.”
When it comes to data, we all have presuppositions to filter through before we decide what the information placed before us means. Some say that
global cooling / global warming / climate change is happening, some say it isn’t, and some say it is, but not to any significant degree. People with all the same data are coming up with different theories to what may or may not be happening.
I have my take on this, but my intention in writing this isn’t to sway anyone’s belief one way or the next. All I’m going to do is state what the Christian approach to this is. By that I mean, what does the bible say about climate? My go to verse is Genesis 8:22:
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”
In context, this verse follows the aftermath of the flood. God promises not to punish the wicked in this way again. In saying that the cold and heat, summer and winter will not cease, He’s practically guaranteeing that the seasons will continue to change. Based on that scripture alone, if
global warming climate change is happening, it won’t be so significant that the seasons will cease to change. To be explicitly clear, we don’t have to worry about the climate destroying the earth.
If the climate was going to destroy the earth, why would Jesus tell us the meek would inherit it (Psalm 37:11, Matthew 5:5, Romans 4:13, Isaiah 60:21, etc)? Over and over and over, the word of God confirms for us that God is sovereign over the weather. Let’s not forget, one of the most famous signs that Jesus showed was the calming of the storm. If He is indeed the risen Christ, will the weather not continue to obey Him?
As Christians, we have the responsibility to continue to tend to this garden we’ve been given. The science behind this discussion is important to help us facilitate the means to make the right decisions concerning it. Does it not honor God to seek renewable energy sources, to reduce waste, and to reduce our carbon footprint? Of course, it does! For these reasons, I would not argue with a Christian on this issue no matter where they’re at on the spectrum of ideas. My only concern would be to what degree their belief lies. Either extreme can potentially lead up to some bad decisions. More importantly, they both could lead up to thinking that’s just not biblical, and that’s the most important thing for the Christian.
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