Things are heating up!

By Bob Shank
August 29, 2022

 Things are heating up!


Climate Change. Global Warming. Carbon Footprint. Two decades into the 21st Century, those have become fighting-words across all time-zones and cultures. What’s happening?

I’m bracing for blowback; the hot topics that – today – span between election cycles are ever more divisive as different positions and politicians express their “based on the science” claims. These are polarizing positions of public policy that, once entrenched, become settled doctrines in an era when Mother Earth has become more sacred than the Heavenly Father.

Early on, let me counter one charge that is used as a rhetorical brick bat: creation was entrusted to mankind to manage by the Creator, at the time when men and women were introduced into God’s ideal environment. Adam and Eve were to be stewards of the perfect setting that was intended by God; their pivot away from His instruction resulted in a curse – caused by their sin, imposed by the Almighty – that affected both them and their surroundings.

Paul the Apostle cited the cascading effects of that original bad decision as the implications cascaded across the cosmos: “…the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:19-22)

Students of biblical history may read past the accounts that, together, frame the nature of mankind’s decisions in response to God’s intentional directives: through eons, He has used natural climatological conditions to mete out His judgement against rebellion. Extended droughts; resultant famines; winds and storms; rain and hailstones: all have been intrusions into reality that challenge the natural longing for Paradise and remind people of their rejection of the God Who made Paradise.

What does the weather report for the future include? Click to see tomorrow’s weather…

As the timeline continues to unfold between Eternity Past and Eternity Future, instability is only increasing as the followers of Jesus – who regard the Bible as a reliable source of both history and prophecy – see the indications of the End Times, a concept that is summarily dismissed by the godless majority. Is there a finale for the current era that will mark the starting-point for a new era?

What is the ultimate positive outcome? “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)

Adam and Eve sinned; their actions and the resultant consequence are the ultimate source of everything that is out-of-whack in our world. Rejecting the revelation of what’s really going on is the Enemy’s way to ensure that people – individually, and collectively – will experience separation from God because of the Curse. International collaborations cannot resolve the chaos created by sin…

The solution is not the Green New Deal; it’s only found in God’s New Deal, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)

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5 thoughts on “ Things are heating up!”

  1. RobertLincoln Hancock

    Thanks Bob for the inspiration of your life, leadership and faithfulness. You are a compass to point us to the Source of all that is and the Resource to be all God intended us to be in a very broken world. Infinite Blessings.

  2. Good stuff! Thank you for the message this message! God is God of All of His Creation… He is in complete and total control! Thank you God for the assurance of salvation and restoration! You God are in complete control; help me to live in truth today!

  3. Bob, thank you for this deeper consideration of how scripture speaks to the interrelationship of humans and nature, particularly one’s impact upon the other. The polarizing nature of the environmental discussion makes me wonder if we as conservative Christians in America have become so concerned about resisting any kind of “ecological agenda” that we miss what role we can play in the stewardship of God’s creation. I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on that as well.

  4. Bob, spot on. The problems start at the human heart, theirs ……. and mine.
    So, I am never surprised by all of it, the mess, and the inevitable pain, suffering & heartache.
    Maranatha! Lord, come quickly.

  5. Thank you, Bob, for your continuing insight into the world conditions and the light of the Word of God. And Praise God for your miraculous recovery …

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