Thoughts on Climate Change

Kurt Schenker

A divine warning, given through the prophet Amos under the Old Covenant, still speaks to us today. Food for thought.

After months of partly scorching summer heat and unusual drought from June to October 2018, the much-needed rain finally arrived, as the weather forecast had been announcing for days. Honestly, everyone was glad of it. It certainly wasn’t just farmers, boatmen on the Rhine, or glaciologists concerned with our retreating glaciers. We all took note of the long-awaited rain with relief. Of course, global warming is quickly being cited as the cause of this unusual global weather pattern.

Certainly, the global warming which we humans are responsible for plays a part, but it’s not the sole factor at play. The worldwide “spiritual” decline of society and politics is also involved. This decline can be found in all interpersonal relationships. Its products are lies, corruption, fraud, violence, murder, arrogance, and moral aberrations. They’re brought before our eyes and into our ears daily through the varied forms of social media. The nations are in turmoil, and nobody has a solution, nobody!

There is an admonishing account given through the prophet Amos in the Old Testament regarding this. Some may be annoyed with the reference to the Old Testament or the Bible. But it’s only fair that we explain with Amos’s dialogue first of all. It concerns the message that the prophet Amos had to direct at the sons of Israel, the Jewish people, as a warning from God. This warning can also be applied to us.

In those days, God was exhorting His beloved people to return to Him, just as He also loves us and warns us to repent of the ungodly path (Acts 17:30). Although the Jewish people were religious (and still are), they were godless and idolatrous, just as we (and all other peoples and nations, too) are today.  For example, Amos 3:10 states, “‘They do not know how to do right,’ declares the Lord, ‘who store up in their fortresses what they have plundered and looted.’” Or in other words: They vie for power, strength, and wealth—often through dubious means.

Throughout their history, God has brought disaster upon the people of Israel over and over again, because of repeated unbelief and transgressions. This can also be the case for us.

As a result, the prophet Amos had to tell his people in chapter 4:6-8, “‘I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,’ declares the Lord. ‘I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up. People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to me,’ declares the Lord.”

These words from God should really make us think, especially when we remember those months from June to October. What did that misery look like in Europe and overseas? It all began with an unusually long heat wave, with huge forest fires in Sweden, Greece, and Portugal. There were also water shortages, which led to a major drought in Europe. Storms, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, drinking water shortages, and famine were reported almost daily. And last but not least, there were the continuing warlike conflicts and mass brawls in sports stadiums and event centers.

It’s worth our while to read and think about the admonitory words of the Old Testament. Repentant, personal change of heart and conversion to God are also mentioned in the New Testament. It relates to Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, He speaks: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Midnight Call - 07/2019

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