The Rockin' Rev September 2021

ROCKIN REV

The Challenge of Climate Change

The front-page headline reads:

GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS:
INEVITABLE, UNPRECEDENTED
AND IRREVERSIBLE
(The Guardian, Tuesday 10th August 2021)

 
The headline was accompanied by a photograph of a woman in distress as an inferno nears her home in Gouves, on the Greek island of Evia
 
The Greek Island of Evia is just one of the many areas around the world, along with Siberia, Turkey, Algeria, and parts of the USA, devastated by recent wildfires
 
In response to an initiative of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Environmental Issues Network, Sunday 5th September is being designated as Climate Sunday, ahead of the UN’s climate change conference, COP26 in Glasgow during November
 
The Bible makes it clear that God delights in His creation: “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). However, we have damaged the world created by God and impacted people created in His image
 
The burning of oil or gas and cutting down forests is increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. The global average temperature could increase by 1.5°C by 2030, resulting in significant damage to our planet. Already, increasing temperatures are melting ice caps, raising sea-levels, changing rainfall patterns, and creating extreme climate events. It’s the 70% of the world’s poorest population who are being impacted most!
 
Christians believe that hope is found in Jesus: He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of creation. The Bible says, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16,17)
 
Our hope for the future lies in what Jesus has done and continues to do in the world. He is the one who sustains creation and will bring everything to completion
 
In the face of such an overwhelming global crisis we might wonder how we can respond as individuals, churches, and local communities. But simple everyday actions do make a difference. Recycling our waste, making energy saving cuts, and introducing changes to our lifestyle and diet can all go some way to helping the planet
 
We can also fix our eyes on Jesus, as we pray for our world for our world leaders, gathering in Glasgow, asking that they may reach a good agreement for the future of our world
Rev Brian Hall

Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

 

also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 


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