Jordan Peterson once said, “In order to be able to think, you have to risk being offensive.” I believe, writing can be offensive as well. I realise that many people won’t agree with what am going to write, and that’s okay. After all, it’s a (MY) perspective on the topic. So let’s get started, shall we?
Climate change is arguably the current most talk about issue globally. Hardly a day goes by without hearing about natural calamities killing people and animals with climate change taking the blame or at least most of it. Just recently, cyclone Fani hit Bangladesh prior to which it had and killed about 15 people in India. Cyclone Kenneth hit Mozambique less than a month after Idai killed over a thousand people in the same country. There have been landslides in Myanmar, hurricanes in Puerto Rico and many other devastating disasters in different places.
Climate change campaigns have been on the rise. Movements like the extinction rebellion have held protests in numerous countries over the past weeks. The UK parliament also just approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.
Am not a big fun of protests, particularly climate protests and I have my own reasons for that. Let make some assumptions for a minute. Let’s assume things are as worse as they could get and if we don’t do anything about it, they will even get much worse. Let’s assume that those who say Earth we will be wiped out in 12 years if we do not take action against climate change (it’s not necessarily the Earth getting wiped out, it’s the planet becoming inhabitable). Let us assume the temperature are going to soar to the highest levels ever recorded, the polar ice caps melt and flood the Earth. Let’s assume all animal species go extinct because we have killed them and now we have nothing to show to future generations if there will ever be one. Just assume the worst that could happen once we reach the very peak of global warming, if we are not there yet. A calamitous site isn’t it?
Firstly, I do not believe the whole Earth is going to flood even if the polar ice caps melt and the sea level rises. That’s why we have the rainbow – God’s own promise that he will never destroy the Earth again with water (Genesis 9:11). His promise is about global floods, localized floods may and will happen. However, never again will the entire Earth be wiped out by floods. Secondly, if all the assumptions mentioned above would happen because of mankind’s action, it would be very disheartening, to me at least. We were given this Earth to be stewards of it, to take care of it and destroying it is not good in any sense.
Still, should all these things happen, we must recognize that we [mankind] never started this. God did. How so you ask? Short answer, He cursed it. As John MacArthur once said, “…He cursed it. He started all the weeds. He started all the disasters.” This is not merely blame shifting so that we feel better. He [God] did indeed curse the land (Genesis 3:17-19) and now we suffer to survive. Letting the planet be as it is would no doubt kill us. Just imagine a life without energy, we would freeze to death. In the midst of the curse, our task is to fund the beauty beneath this curse. So as the Earth deteriorate and the temperature warm up, it is good to know that our task is not to save the planet, because we didn’t start it and we won’t save it. All our best knowledge and innovations will not save this planet. This is one of the reasons I despise most climate change campaigns-the message that is sold is that if we stop using this and that, if we stop eating certain things and have a certain lifestyle, the we will save our planet. It just not true. Here is what am not saying. I do not call for people to go out and just kill all animals to extinction. I do not advocate for people to live careless live whereby they don’t think of the consequences of their actions in relation to the planet. As I said before, we are supposed to be caretakers. We should use the resources wisely and find better ways to live. What I am saying is what we are not going to be the saviors of this planet even by doing our very best.
To those that disagree with me thus far, let’s make another assumption. Suppose that we can indeed save this planet and rescue it from flooding or heating up. To you I ask, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”? What use will it be for us to save the planet and still die. I remember something I read a while back. It said “we do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.” Indeed, this is a valid argument one can make – lets save the planet, even if we die, at least our children will find a better place to live. To this I would say, let’s take care of the planet, even if we die, at least our children will find a better place to live. Even in those efforts, may we never forget that the Earth is passing by, literally. This again is not a call against all climate change actions. We, especially Christians should just put our priorities right. Our task is not to make this Earth the best it can be so that we can enjoy it. This is not our home. Again, our duty is to simply take care of it, not save it. I believe this is not the worst state that Earth will be in. More is still coming. Something that we will know without a hint of doubt in our hearts that we as humans were not responsible for. The day when “…the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare”- 2 Peter 3: 10.
What shall we make of all this then. I propose the following:
– Let’s do our part – take care of this Earth. Recycle, use energy responsibly e.t.c
– Remember: You are not a savior. Not you, not anyone else in this world. Our role is to be stewards, not saviors.
– Remember: The Earth, as beautiful as it is or may be, is not our end goal. It is will be destroyed. But do not despair, we have something better coming. A new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
For me, I will not stop eating my meat for the sake of saving the planet. I will not go on the road and protest so that the government can declare a climate emergency. That is not to say I don’t think the government has a role to play. Instead, I believe the largest effect would be if each person did their part. In fact, it is estimated that between 20 and 50 million people will die in the next few years if certain efforts against global warming continue. This is because these efforts halt developmental progress that would otherwise protect this people. So instead of crying to the government, let’s cry to God that he might save us. Not from global warming but from sins so that we can be part of that new heaven and new earth. Where global warming will be unheard of.
I think my steak is done roasting. Let me go have my meat. I love juice meat [insert your favourite laughing emoji].