The Pastor’s Pen: August 18, 2019

Shiloh young people continue to do great things. Last week NBC News 4’s Shamori Stone reported on DC children who are making a difference in their community. One of them was our own Kadena Cozart. We know that Kadena is one of the most wonderfully pleasant young people one could ever meet. We thank God for this young woman who is making a difference in DC!

As the administration continues to deny the reality of climate change, evidence mounts up that the shifting climate will cause horrors beyond which many of us imagine. Agricultural production will plummet, and in a very few short years, will lead to wildfires in the interior, flooding on the coasts, and global famine will kill millions. One does not need to be a meteorologist to assess that the radical swings in temperatures across this nation, as well as around the world, and the melting of the polarized caps are harbingers that can no longer be ignored. Churches everywhere must utilize every social power available to bring sanity to this crisis. In the book of Genesis, God gave human beings dominion over the earth. That means that it is our responsibility to care for and to protect it. Piling tons of plastic waste into the ocean, incessantly using aerosol sprays, and turning a blind eye to the carbon emissions from our automobiles is an out and out sin. God only gave us one planet. When we have poisoned it, there will be no other. Climate change is not just a sociological challenge, it is a moral and spiritual sin. As God’s creation, we do not have the luxury of pretending climate change does not exist.

In a related matter, the present administration has also pushed to decimate the Endangered Species Act. It was this act that brought back humpback whales and many other species from the brink of extinction. This attack on endangered species is a way to open up additional lands to oil and gas exploration. There will be little need for either oil or gas if we have poisoned our environment and choked on our own waste. Museums are wonderful but seeing stuffed lions, elephants and cheetahs is no replacement for watching them continue to live and flourish in the wild. Second Chronicles 7:14 says it best. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” It is time for people of faith to take this text seriously and seek God’s guidance in healing our land.