Worried About Climate Change
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
A 2019 poll in the UK discovered that 40% of the public describe themselves as very worried or extremely worried about climate change. A similar poll three years earlier put the figure at 19%, so that worry has doubled in three years.
As with all issues having to do with science, the foundational passages to which we must turn are found in Genesis. The first place to look is Genesis 1:28. When God blessed the first human beings, He gave them dominion over all living creatures and gave them authority to “fill the earth and subdue it.” The verse implies first that humans have authority to exploit the earth’s resources, and second, to do so in a manner of good stewards. Add to this basis the fact that God was prepared to cause massive climate change, as a punishment for human sin, by sending the global Flood of Genesis 6 through 9. God would be justified in sending another Flood today – except that He has promised not to do so in Genesis 9:11. Moreover, in Genesis 8:22, He promised that our current pattern of seasons would continue, until the end of the world.
These verses should be a reassurance to Christians. And, if worry remains, remember what Jesus said: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your continued provision, blessing and mercy to a human race which largely hates You. We look forward to a future with You, where there will be no more worry, suffering, sorrow and pain. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Vaughan, A. (2020), Twice as many UK citizens worried about climate change as 3 years ago, < https://www.newscientist.com/article/2235860-twice-as-many-uk-citizens-worried-about-climate-change-as-3-years-ago/ >, accessed 3/1/2020. Image: Rupert Rivett / Shutterstock.com, licensed to author.
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