I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Is it too early for a serious post? Nah… I didn’t think so either. 🙂
We have done serious damage to this world. Very serious damage. That is undeniable. And it seems irreversible too. And that’s why it’s a great time for God to step up and demonstrate His power to this generation!
The problem is real
First let’s get our feet on stable ground. What are the facts in this situation – do we have reason to fear? Here are just 4 small samples of the problem.
- Retreat of Serson Ice Shelf – In terms of total area, the Serson collapse was the largest ice loss on Ellesmere this summer. About 122 square kilometers (47 square miles, an area roughly twice the size of Manhattan Island) broke away from the shelf. The collapse reduced the ice shelf by 60 percent. (In terms of percent loss, the top rank goes to the smaller Markham Ice Shelf, to the east; the 50-square-kilometer shelf completely disappeared.)
- Both Routes Around Arctic Open at Summer’s End – According to a press release from the U.S. National Ice Center, “This is the first recorded occurrence of the Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route both being open at the same time.”
- The Rising Sea Level and Regional Patterns of Sea Level Change 1993-2007 – Unlike the water in a sink or a bathtub, the water level in Earth’s oceans is not the same everywhere; sea level varies with location and time. On time spans of hours to days, sea level is influenced by tides, winds, and waves, including storm surges. Sea level rises when oceans warm, and it drops when they cool (because water expands when it heats up and contracts when it cools).
- Annual Carbon Emissions in the United States
Should we be afraid?
So, should we be afraid? Well… if nothing happens, if nothing changes… then YES!
But. I maintain that God, through Isaiah, wrote about the times we live in…
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. And the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind – Is 65:17
For thus says the Lord–Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited–I am the Lord, and there is no one else – Is 45:18
Just look at the lovely world we live in… He did not form it to be a worthless waste, He formed it to be inhabited… and it’s going to get even better! 🙂