Searching For Relevance
June 2, 2017
Lately, talk about Global Warming has been in the news in a Front-and-Center way. Several weeks ago, Stephen Hawkins, the world renowned physicist altered his prediction of the earth’s demise from 1,000 to 100 years from now as the misuse of our environment has risen and the general concern for protecting it has decline. I recognize there are two sides to every issue, however, it seems undeniable from a personal perspective, that our general weather patterns are significantly changing. The melting of our polar caps is transpiring at a rapid pace (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/31/as-trump-mulls-paris-climate-deal-antarctica-could-soon-break-off-a-delaware-sized-iceberg/?utm_term=.970bffac0d3c) contributing to a rise in the water levels of our oceans. Africa is experiencing a drought never seen in our lifetime. And these changes to our environment have consequences that reach far beyond the quality of the air we breath, the water we drink, or the fuels we use to cool/heat our homes or power our cars. They have contributed to the migration of millions who need to find new homes, in order to live. https://intpolicydigest.org/2017/01/21/fresh-drought-east-africa-heralds-new-wave-refugees/).
If I am using public transportation and the person seated next to me is “coughing and hacking” and constantly blowing their nose, I don’t need a medical degree nor chest X-ray to come to the conclusion that they are suffering from some bronchial ailment. A medical examination may confirm what I think and initiate a course for treatment, but . . . some things are just obvious. So why do we deny the changes to our environment? More importantly, recognizing this . . . why would we NOT do everything in our power to slow it down and hopefully, stop it?
It was Erick Erickson, a professed Christian blogger, who this week said, “Jesus calls us to be good stewards of the planet, but (that) doesn’t mean I have to care about global warming.”
Are we talking about the same Jesus who spoke with great affection about the “birds of the air and the flowers of the field”? Or the same Jesus that the Gospel of John declares was with God in the very act of our world’s Creation? A creation God declares as “GOOD” and then turns the responsibility of its care over to humankind — us? I think not!!!
No, creation is ours to enjoy. It is our inheritance from the very beginning. But as such, we are also accountable for its proper use and protection so that future generations may enjoy the same blue skies, green mountains, crystal clear lakes, and foaming oceans, that we do. And if that requires some sacrifice of me now, then it’s worth it!
So please, please, take this to heart. Think about this important issue as you manage your household daily. Remember this as you walk along our beautiful beaches. Participate where you can in those areas where in your community you can, join with others when decisions are made that impact our environment. And take the time to remind those who represent us at the highest levels of legislative authority that our perceived needs for today should not take precedent over our responsibility to pass on God’s spectacular gift of the creation to generations yet to be born.
“What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all . . . “
Rev. Dr. Keith A. Haemmelmann