By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation…
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
(Psalm 65:5, 9-11)
A few days ago on Facebook I once again came across a link to an article claiming that climate change is a vast hoax and conspiracy. All I could do is sadly shake my head. I cannot fully explain why large numbers of people, some of them reasonably intelligent, refuse to believe the clear evidence of science. I have conversed with fellow pastors who have gently tried to convince their parishioners that the biological and physical sciences do not contradict the proper interpretation of scripture. You can believe that the earth is billions of years old, and that life, including human beings, evolved from simpler to more complex forms, and still be a good Christian.
But it’s one thing to refuse to believe in evolution or the Big Bang. It’s another thing to refuse to believe that the climate is changing due to human action. The first refusal represents a simple ignorance of science and biblical interpretation. The second refusal has dire consequences, for not only humankind, but for all living things.
As the psalmist has proclaimed, God has graciously created a world ripe with all we need to flourish and prosper, yet we spit on God’s good gift when we refuse to take care of our planet.
This Sunday, as part of of our sermon series “Psalms for Life,” we will be exploring Psalm 8. In this psalm the writer speaks of the majesty of both the creation and the Creator. As part of that good creation, we have been made just “a little lower than God (v.5).”
As such we have a responsibility to look out for the welfare of God’s creation. I invite you to church this Sunday at 11:00 am as we examine our place in creation. If you can’t be here in person, watch our live broadcast on Facebook.
Below you will find helpful links from reputable nonpartisan sources explaining the science of climate change:
American Meteorological Association: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/about-ams/ams-statements/statements-of-the-ams-in-force/climate-change1/
Rev. Jane Graner