Oh! Canada! Global warming or global warning? Democracy
I love my nation of Canada. I have lived in four of her provinces – born in New Brunswick, raised in Nova Scotia, trained in British Columbia, and cultured in Quebec. I have criss-crossed the country numerous times, by car, air and rail. It’s a beautiful land, home to a great people.
I know I am not that different from most Canadians. When we watch the news and see the “acts of God” manifesting around the world - and in our own land - it makes us a bit more spiritual. Are these natural or supernatural disasters? Do they occur as a result of the hand of man or the Hand of God?
We see the devastation of the Tsunami in Japan and fears of radioactivity on the Pacific West Coast. We watch the ongoing civil strife and rioting in the Middle East against kings and dictators. We look at the spread of ash from the Icelandic volcano, and growing global socio-economic problems.
Then, our eyes turn to North America. We see loss of life, limb and property as a result of tornadoes and drought in Texas. We watch the migration of people from thousands of homes due to flooding; what some are calling “fascinating, unprecedented and frightening…the greatest flooding in 150 to 300 years.” We see fires threatening communities in Alberta.
Whether you follow Glen Beck’s, An Inconvenient Book or Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Truth you have to know something is going on. Some scientists are saying that it’s all about global warming trends, and believe that they can predict future catastrophes.
Some say that the end of the world is near, May 21st to be exact. Wait just a second: California preacher Harold Camping confirmed another date in October, clarifying that the May 21 date was “invisible judgment day.”
Is it global warming or is it global warning? Is it natural disasters caused in part by our own greed and lack of stewardship of the earth? Is it supernatural disasters caused in part by God’s judgement as a result of man’s sin and disobedience? No matter which way you read into it, there is a common denominator – man.
Jesus, in His day, answered Galileans who were questioning why tragedies happened and why some suffered worse than others this way: “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were guiltier than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:1-5).
So, following Jesus’ example, I am going to answer as He did. It is not “yes” or “no.” It is “maybe.” “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them” (1 Tim 5:24). In the midst of human suffering, regardless of what we believe to be the source of tragedy, “mercy must triumph over judgement” (Jas 2:13).
Every one of us needs to take spiritual inventory and repent – change our ways and come into agreement with God. The promise remains: “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land” (2 Chron 7:14).