Saturday, July 30, 2005

We Reap What We Sow

On Tuesday Bombay, India was paralyzed by a deluge - 37 inches of rain. It was the heaviest rainfall since India began keeping weather records in 1846.

The rain turned roads into dangerous rivers and caused landslides that killed dozens of people and devastated villages.

Climate change is real and occurring now. Hundreds of plant and animal species have become extinct as a result of global warming. These are all part of our web of life on earth and as they disappear, the balance of earth's ecosystem is further compromised.

Why is it happening?

Some say it is happening because we don't read the Bible enough. Some claim it is our sexual practices.

In saying these things, they distract us from realizing the real cause.

Extreme climate change is occurring because we have worshipped at the altar of materialism.

We in the U.S., especially, have worshipped at the altar of the automobile and made the world converts.

As a result we have created billions of tons of pollutants and gases that have built up in our atmosphere and trapped heat.

There are scientists who say that it is too late to stop the inevitable, that the earth has been warmed as a result and will keep on warming so that half the ice in the Arctic will be melted before the end of this century, raising ocean levels by a meter or more.

You and I may not be here as the worst unfolds. But our children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will likely bear the brunt.

Ezekiel 6:5-6:

I will lay the corpses of the children ...before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars.

In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols maybe be broken and made to cease...and your works may be abolished.

For what we do comes back to us. Unless we open ourselves to be tools through which God can heal our mistakes, God has no choice but to allow us to reap what we have sown.

Galatians 6:7:

...for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Life is an experiment. God is not angry with us for making mistakes, but neither can He help us when we put our hands over our eyes and deny that anything is wrong or that we have any responsibility for it.

Therefore, for the sakes of our children and theirs, let us stop running from the truth, no matter how frightening it is.

Let us face the facts, take responsibility and turn our lives over to God so that He may show us how to heal the damage.

God can work miracles through us.

Let us each decide to be part of those miracles today.


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