Our Bible verse for today: “Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind. He said: Who is this who obscures my counsel with ignorant words?” Job 38:1-2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Resign from the Flat Earth Society”
Okay, you knew it was coming eventually. Today we’re going to talk about climate change. It’s a subject that causes left-wing extremists to run around like Chicken Little insisting that the sky is falling, and it also causes right-wing extremists to sound like they belong to the Flat Earth Society as they insist that climate change is a hoax being perpetrated by a vast conspiracy.
The fact is that the climate is changing. It’s undeniable. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) constantly measures and records the earth’s temperature. The average surface temperature of the earth has been steadily creeping up for the last 100 years (a total of almost 2 full degrees) and it seems to have accelerated in the last 35 years. The six hottest years on record have occurred between 2010-2018. The average temperature of the oceans continues to rise, and global sea levels have risen about 8 inches. Numerous studies by NASA scientists, as well as others, have also confirmed all of this.
The question isn’t “if” climate change is happening, but “why” is it happening? To deny that it’s happening is just silly. It ignores the obvious facts. It makes us sound like conspiracy theorists who also believe in a flat earth and who deny that the moon landing really happened. And that diminishes our witness as Christians. If that’s a reflection of the depth and seriousness of our thinking, then how can our proclamation of the Gospel be taken seriously by unbelievers?
Good science demonstrates that the climate is changing, but good science also demonstrates that the earth is always in a state of climate change, and always has been. Climate patterns aren’t fixed they’re cyclical. Climate scientists and geologists can clearly document at least seven major cycles of warming and cooling over the course of the earth’s history, the most dramatic of which was “the ice age”, which was then followed by a warmer age that melted all that ice.
Most of the “climate change” the earth is currently experiencing is part of the normal cyclical pattern of historical climate change that is always occurring on earth. Are manmade causes also effecting the climate? Yes. Without question. Greenhouse gases; the urban temperature gradient that occurs from paving over vast areas of land; depletion of the ozone layer; and other manmade causes do contribute to the problem. But much of it is simply part of a natural cycle of climate change. And that, of course, is the inconvenient part of this discussion that the environmental extremists would prefer to avoid. To hear them tell it, climate change is all from manmade causes.
The primary point I wish to convey here this morning, and the one thing I hope you will take away from this, is that climate change is real and when we deny it, it makes us sound like members of the Flat Earth Society. We sound silly and poorly informed, and that hurts our witness as Christians.
The question is not “if” the climate has been changing, of course it has. The question is “why” has it been changing. And now you know. It’s mostly just a part of the normal cycle of climate change that is always slowly unfolding on earth, and part of it is manmade.