As in the Days of Noah?

Samuel Rindlisbacher

Prosperity is vast, but so is moral decay. How should we evaluate current events? And what role does climate change have in them? Some thoughts.

In May, a reader of the Uster Gazette (Switzerland) praised the global and revolutionary turning point in which we live: “It seems that the way we think is fundamentally and profoundly changing in enlightened and secular societies. What’s more, belief in God as well as ghosts, idols, and gods, has passed its zenith and become an obsolete model. More and more people are realizing that religion is a powerful placebo and that the anthropomorphic, masculine, omnipotent, omniscient, and all-good God is a temporary construct of us humans, which explains the increase of atheism.” He states, “The more godless atheists there are in a society, the higher the spiritual-cultural level.”

I wonder what spiritual-cultural level he means. Every year, 50 million abortions occur, sometimes into the ninth month of pregnancy. They often leave behind deeply traumatized mothers. And where is the spiritual-cultural level in the spread of gender ideology, which simply erases the differences between men and women, and completely unsettles young people? They aren’t receiving answers to questions that they may be asking throughout their lives: “Who or what am I?” Is the early sexualization of our children (in some instances, with the help of abusive sexual practices) an expression of this higher spiritual-cultural level? The result is distraught, troubled, and damaged children’s souls.

And speaking of our high spiritual-cultural level, what about drug legalization? Its repercussions are more and more young people with psychosis and inability to work. An article published in the journal Clinical Investigative Medicine states: “The most commonly experienced psychoactive effects of acute cannabis exposure include euphoric, relaxing effects […] The most severe presentations of acute cannabis intoxication are associated with cannabis-induced psychosis (CIP), which can be serious and may require treatment […] In some individuals, CIP leads to long-term effects and is associated with increased risk for developing psychiatric disorders later in life.”

The Bible is so right when it says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). We’ve come a long way with our godless atheism! The German publication IdeaSpektrum reported on the 

Federal Ministry of Family Affairs’ recommendation to schools and teachers, to “recognize and support sexual diversity in schools.” They should provide information about “issues of same-sex lifestyles and gender diversity.” Schools could “make diversity visible” by hanging posters. They could buy “books with lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters” for the school library, and mention a friend’s same-sex partner as a matter of course. “In addition, it helps if there are adults at the school who talk openly about their own same-sex lifestyle.”

This is how we live today. The consequences are tragic! [Last] May, the media reported a man who arrived at an unnamed American hospital with severe, recurrent abdominal pain. The tragedy: he told the nurse that he had been born a woman, but none of the doctors initially performed a pregnancy test. When they finally determined that the cause of the pain was, in fact, a pregnancy, it was too late for the baby. The old Christian song expresses it succinctly: “Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night; Into Thy freedom, gladness and light.”

God speaks to us in the signs of the times. People are afraid. We see it in how they handle climate change. Whatever we may think about it, the fact is that thousands of people are taking to the streets to protest against global warming, fearing what is to come. The amazing thing is the solutions that have been proposed: we should reduce meat consumption, stop having children (because they allegedly impact the environment), and stop driving diesel vehicles.

Yes, I too believe that something is wrong with our climate. Still, I wonder whether there could be another cause for it. Peter says, “But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Pet 3:7). He refers to the “first world” from the days of Noah (v. 1-6), which was destroyed by water. The cause? People didn’t want anything to do with God anymore. Today, we’re approaching Jesus’ return, and people increasingly don’t want anything to do with God.

The time that preceded the Flood is described as follows: “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them’” (Gen 6:5-7).

Humanity’s wickedness at that time was very great, and the thoughts in their hearts only evil (v. 5). The whole earth was corrupt (v. 12), and completely filled with violence (v. 11). The people before the Flood did what we’re doing today: they turned their backs on God, excluding Him from their minds, hearts, lives, families, schools, and communities. And when you throw off God, He leaves! And when He goes, he also takes His saving, blessing, and protective hand with Him. Perhaps we should also be considering that aspect when we talk about climate change.

God has given us Israel’s blessing and curse as a model: “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you […] The LORD will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. The LORD will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. The LORD will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed” (Deut 28:15, 21-24).

God hears us and allows us our own will. He lets us do what we want. Is the missing blessing of God, therefore, a cause of climate change? Is it His word of warning? God speaks to us, because He has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezek 33:11). Acts 2:21 still applies: “…everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” And those of us who love Jesus, who are expecting His return as we live in an increasingly darkening world, are to do what Noah did then. He remained a “herald of righteousness” until the end (2 Pet 2:5). He didn’t abandon his mandate to point to the salvation of the ark (Jesus Christ), and he continued to walk with God, in defiance of all resistance. We also desire to do the same.

Midnight Call - 04/2020

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