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Is It Christian To Worry About Climate Change?

There is no shortage of Christian people and groups telling the word we should worry about climate change.

Trouble is, the climate is not actually changing…rather, there are some people that are predicting it eventually will. Even the most rabid globalwarmers cannot in all honesty claim anything more than

there is a increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climate shifts

Compare that to Matthew, 6:31-34

31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

And Ecclesiastes, 7:13-15

14 When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover
anything about his future.

People talk about a Christian duty for stewardship of the planet. If that is a proper concept or not, it would take much more than a blog to evaluate. But it looks obvious that it is the problems of today that should be of interest to a Christian.

And anthropogenic global warming is not a problem of today.

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Geez – coming back to this the next day, it’s probably advisable that I take a moment to proofread in the future.

While a bit ‘rough’ in a couple of spots, the message is the same. Read about the impact on the less fortunate in emerging markets before making broad statements about “leaving it until tomorrow”.

It’s saddening that Christians don’t pay attention to climate change, and for someone to say: leave that problem for tomorrow.

With climate change, no one is saying the ocean will overflow – but it’s possible the ocean currents could change. No one is saying the earth will die (until God creates the new heaven and earth), but what people are saying is that the methodology of survival as we have come to know it will change.

We sit comfortably in the US pontificating on climate change while we throw away more food daily that other countries eat in a year. There are states locked in court battles now because of long droughts that have persisted and drained their reservoirs. Look up “Lake Mead” or “Lake Havasu” and “water level” on good and see how once large lakes are now turning into mere swimming pools killing off life as we know it.

Just because we will be going home to be with the Lord doesn’t mean we can’t start being good stewards today on behalf of our grandchildren. It’s akin to a father engaging in profligate spending his whole life, taking on debt to do so, and never paying it down because “his kids can worry about it when he dies”.

Are you aware that for the FIRST TIME IN RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY ships could pass through the Arctic circle from Europe to Asia during the summer (i.e. the route that Columbus was searching for prior to his “discovery” of America).

No one is saying we can stop climate change, but what we can stop climate change, but what we can do is make the choice not to contribute to the further pollution of our environment through the rampant use of pollutive fossil fuels, resource inefficiency and pure wastefulness.

As for climate change, ask the farmers in the Andes in South America who haven’t seen rain during the proper season in a few years that are now having to move from land their ancestors have passed down for generations to other areas to grow food..after the ground has gone fallow due to lack of moisture. Or talk to the generals in Pakistan and India that are building out military bases on either side of the Jherum river which borders their countries because it supports vital farming which helps feed their populations. Why are they doing this you ask? Well..because the rivers further inland are turning to streams? Why you ask? Because the Kashmir glacier in the Himalayas that supplies the water to several rivers in the region that flow through China, India and Pakistan is set to melt completely by 2050. Why you ask again? Because the average temperature in the area has increased steadily and the hydrologic cycle that has contributed to consistent snowfall and ice accumulation has changed.

People in the US have the head up their anuses and are completely ignorant of world events because they choose to watch Fox News and other stations that cause us to focus on insignificant things instead of taking a moment to look at where we are in history, our relationship with other countries, and what it means to be a global citizen. More importantly, as Christians, we should extend that with the idea of “loving our neighbor as ourselves” – and our neighbor in the global world we live in isn’t the person living next door to us.

And that’s coming from a Christian who believes fully in the Gospel of Christ, my Lord and Savior and an American who believes that if we take our lumps we can stave off our decline (it’s a fact of history – all great empires fall – just none as quickly as we seem to be headed toward because of small-minded thinking like this)

Billy and CS – Climate change worries belong to the future. They might or might not happen. On the other hand, there is plenty to steward the environment about, that has just happened or is happening right now.

How about Luke 10: 38-42?

Stewardship is about being concerned with today and tomorrow and the day after that. In the initial post you quoted from Matthew — not to worry, just seek the kingdom of God. Well, stewardship is about seeking the kingdom and God’s righteousness because stewardship is 1) an instruction from God in Genesis and 2) about loving neighbor as I stated in my previous post).

Yes, we should care for the land and the rest of creation as they are. My concern is not if climate is changing or not. My concern is that we don’t abuse or destroy for our own greed or so we can live as we want without restrain. Stewardship is about using resources wisely and it is also about conservation.

Furthermore, Christians live in the eschatologocal hope that Christ will return again one day — but we don’t know when that is. The early Christians thought they would see it in their life times and some today say the same thing. While there are various views on what Christ’s coming back will be like and I don’t claim to have all the answers — but one thing that seems to be clear to me in the book of Revelation is that we will not necessarily be swept away to some glorious heaven as some hypothesize. Rather Revelation indicates that Christ’s return will bring about a completion to restoring creation and making it as God intended at the first creation. You see, in the resurrection of Christ at Easter God begins to create anew and Christians are called upon to be part of that new creation — being coworkers (if you will) with God in bringing about a restoration of Eden. Therefore, stewardship of land, sea, air, etc. are all central to Christian discipleship and are not “un-necessarily worrying about the future.”

As a wise and faithful man once said to me, “Be prepared like Jesus is coming back tomorrow but work like he is not coming back for 1000 years.”

While I respect your skepticism of the science of climate change and beleive your question, “is it Christian to worry about climate change” is very valid — I would disagree with your use of scripture to respond to that question. Both are taken out of context and applied to a situation that neither passage was intended for. In Biblical interpretation classes, they call this isogesis–making a text fit an already established point or argument as a support for it. What is needed here is exegesis–or interpretation of a text to find the point or argument.

If we were to exegete, say, Genesis 2:15 (in the context of the first two chapters of Genesis) one might find that in the Hebrew the newly created human creature was set in the garden and given the task (in a directive much like a commandment) to care for the land and the rest of creation.

Furthermore, in the New Testament Christ gives the new commandment to love one another and declares that the words of the law and the prophets all hang on this command. Using this ethos of loving one another as the hermetical lens to interpret the law and the prophets — one could suggest that caring for creation is part of loving neighbor (be it human, plant, or animal).

Is the climate changing? That is a question for the scientist to decide.

Should Christian’s worry about climate change? That is a question for each individual person to decide from their understanding of the science and their own faith perspective.

Should Christians seek to be good stewards of creation? A resounding yes. Stewardship of creation ranks with the spiritual practices of prayer, study of scripture, stewardship of finaincial resources. God has created us and placed all of creation in our trust.


What has “stewardship” got to do with un-necessarily worrying about the future? Shouldn’t we care about “the land and the rest of creation” as they are rather than as some of us think they might be some decades ahead?

Thanks for the quotes from Ecclesiastes, a Global Warming Deniers Manual, and from before the Roman Warming Period.
But you should use the King James’ Version, with it’s archaic verb conjugations (no problem for an Italian, of course).
From the very first chapter:

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

thank you Geoff. I can just envisage the ancestors of Messrs Schmidt, Hansen and Mann coming up to King Solomon with their models predicting the oceans would soon fill up unless all of Israel would stop using water…

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