Creation SongMy Christian Witness in Science, Politics, Values, Culture
Henry Drummond. Source: The Ideal Life (1897)
What can we learn from Peter’s turning around? First, it was not Peter who turned. It was the Lord who turned and looked at Peter. When the cock crew, that might have kept Peter from falling further. But he was just in the very act of sin. And when a person is in the thick of his sin his last thought is to throw down his arms and repent. So Peter never thought of turning, but the Lord turned. And when Peter would rather have looked anywhere else than at the Lord, the Lord looked at Peter. This scarce-noticed fact is the only sermon needed to anyone who sins – that the Lord turns first.
James Conca writes in Forbes (2017) that, “The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each year than almost everything else combined – smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, murder, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. On top of the suffering of human lives (and presumably species’ lives, too), the annual costs are a staggering $4 trillion.
This is a Pro-life issue!
Read the full article here.
So what does God think about us humans abusing, destroying, perverting, and blowing up His good creation? Is this not the ultimate human fist into God’s Face, to destroy it all? Is this not Satan’s laugh if pollution, ruined climate, destroyed species, nuclear war terminate this amazing planet?
Some young people are angry, and with reason as they look into a grim future they are on a trajectory to face. Ryan SC assembled media footage to cry out that humanity needs to stop polluting because it is killing our Earth. See his jolting truth-telling one-minute film here.
“Thou Shalt Not Steal” (8th Commandment)
Swindlers are getting by looting and bilking the government in blatant crime and mostly getting away with it. Insufficient tax enforcement, gaping loopholes, and corrupt looting during Covid measures are bleeding our nation.
Ralph Nader sees through the smoke and mirrors to the corruption. Policymakers, regulatory officials, corporations, and the press must become accountable… but they must be pushed by you and me! Read more at the link below.
The United States “military-industrial complex” is the greatest criminal scam perpetrated upon the American public. It sucks down a rathole trillions of dollars, foists its military bases and attendant moral corrosiveness upon many other nations, justifies its bloated budget through endless deadly losing wars and false new enemies, and ultimately seduces people into a cult worship of DEATH.
Republicans and Democrats united once again to pass a Pentagon bill of $778 billion, $25 billion more than even the greedy Pentagon asked for. One of the Pentagon ruses is to spread out military-related procurements across all states and most districts and then tout job creation and security.
Bail out of one losing war and then the generals scare people about another encroaching enemy, this time crying “China and Russia.” Of course, not mentioning that the Pentagon budget exceeds the combined military spending of that of the next highest spending military nations.
Tom Hartung writes in Tom Dispatch some (but far from all) the spending scam. Read here.
A decade or so ago I read James Hansen’s book, “Storms of My Grandchildren.” If I recall rightly, Hansen discusses research he did on the planet Venus during his graduate studies. CO2 on Venus is over 96% of the atmosphere. There is a strong hypothesis that Venus once had oceans, but volcanic action spewed so much CO2 into the atmosphere that a run-away feedback loop destroyed the planet. In his book, Hansen worries about run-away greenhouse feedback loops that cannot be controlled once ignited. The massive amount of methane in the permafrost, as well as methane cathrate (methane enveloped in ocean ice), is increasingly being released as global temperatures and ocean temperatures rise. The short-term potency of methane means it must be controlled and turned back right away in order to avert feedback loops, according to a speech I heard from climate scientist Bob Howarth several years ago.
National Oceanic and Atmosheric Administration (NOAA) is showing dangerously increasing global concentrations of methane. This portends runaway climate here and now that might not be turned back!
So how do we Christian people understand and live out the virtue of HOPE at this time of climate gloom and doom?