The Planet is Not Going Anywhere,
at Least, Not Now
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Though he is off with his evolutionary dates of creation by several billion years, former comedian and social critic George Carlin (1937-2008) was once discerning enough to know the planet is not going anywhere soon. In relation to the age of the earth, humanity has been engaged in the industrial age since the middle of the 18th century. Nevertheless, individuals have the conceit, said Carlin, that the planet, which they did not create and cannot duplicate, can be destroyed by them.
On July 27, 2023 BBC News reported President Joe Biden saying the climate change is an existential threat to human existence, more so than a nuclear war.
This extreme and irresponsible statement is rooted in a misguided belief that modern climate change is caused by humans to the point they can destroy earth. Carbon dioxide is said to be one culprit which means, for environmental radicals, the oil industry must be destroyed. The experts talk about this problem as they fly in their private jets to meet in exotic places to tell the world how to live and what to do with natural resources.
Vice President Kamala Harris claims “climate anxiety” has young people doubting the “sense” of having children, or buying a house. Of course, the leaders of this climate madness do not believe their own rhetoric for climate activists invest in property on beaches they say are disappearing. Washington Examiner, Sarah Westwood wrote about this on June 15, 2021.
“From Bill and Melinda Gates to climate envoy John Kerry, climate activists have sounded the alarm about how melting ice will soon raise the ocean to levels that swallow the world’s beaches. Some of the country’s most vocal climate change activists have invested heavily in luxury oceanfront property along beaches they have claimed will be underwater one day due to rising sea levels. Climate activists have long faced charges of hypocrisy from critics who accuse them of lecturing others about making sacrifices for the environment while declining to live by that example themselves. For instance, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pilloried in the media in 2019 after the two flew on a private jet just days after Prince Harry wrote on social media that “every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference” in protecting the environment.
From a Christian perspective, there is no reason to fear climate change. The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof (Psalms 24:1). God is not going to let His creation destroy what He has called, “good.” Seven ties in Genesis 1, God observed His creation to be good. The Hebrew word translated “good” is tov and means “very good.”
Creation is very good because it has a purpose and design that can withstand earthquakes, volcanos, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sunspots, meteorite hits, magnet storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, bombardments by comets, asteroids, artillery, stand storms, erosion, cosmic radiation, worldwide fires, floods, and ice ages.
Only the arrogance of thoughtless individuals can conclude that alumina cans, industrial smoke, and some plastic is going to destroy the planet.
The earth will not be destroyed because the Lord will not allow that to happen. “The earth is the Lord’s,” wrote the psalmist, “and all its fulness” (Psalms 24:1). The God who providentially watches over the birds of the air reminds humans they are of more value (Matt. 6:26-34). Christians are not to worry about tomorrow. The lack of worry includes any thought of climate change being an existential threat to human existence.
Despite the irresponsible rhetoric of climate alarmist, the actual date is encouraging, and enhances faith in the future. The hysteria over climate is rooted in man made models that are calculated to predict weather change. However, if the data feed into a model is flawed, then the predictable outcome will be skewered. Again, if the date derived from a flaw model is used to scare people, control them, or secure financial resources for additional research, then more causes for climate hysteria is uncovered.
Here are some facts that are verifiable.
While Artic Sea Ice is melting faster than models expected, the Antarctic Sea Ice has increased, even though the models predicted it would decrease.
Recent papers have shown sea levels have slightly declined in recent years (“Global and Planetary Change,” January 2014; “Coastal Engineering,” May 2013.
Hurricane numbers are decreasing in every ocean basis except one, study finds (CNN Weather, Rachel Ramirez, June 27, 2022).
Climate activist tend to take a single event, such as a wildfire, a hurricane, or a tornado, and extrapolate a global crisis. The folk tale of Chicken Little has nothing on climate alarmist.
While walking in the woods, as the story goes, Chicken Little was struck by an acorn falling from a tree. Convinced this was a sign of the sky falling in, Chicken Little rushed from the wood to go and alarm the king. Along the way, the silly bird met several friends, who heard about her first-hand evidence the sky was falling and joined her in being alarmed. The story does not end well because a wily fox, rooted, sees a way to exploit the fears of Chicken Little, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Lucy, and others. The fox offers to lead the silly birds to the king but instead leads them to his den where they are heard of no more.
Though the world might lose its collective mind with irrational thoughts about the climate based on faulty data, and an ideologically driven agenda, the Christian can rest in the providential care of God.
“Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.
God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.”
~Civilla D. Martin