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I live in the Northwest, and right now wildfires are burning everywhere, in every state. Huge areas of Oregon, California, and Nevada are ablaze. Hundreds of thousands of acres. The state I live in, Washington, has had history-making high temperatures in July, and we are now experiencing record drought. Is this global warming? Everyone on the planet seems to think so. I’m not going to deal with the issue of climate change here. Books have been written about it. But I would like to ask a question. Is Mother Nature, whatever that is, in control of the earth’s climate? I think most would say that Mother Nature does what she does all on her own, but concerning climate change, we are in charge.

Are we?

Or is God?

Some may answer that humanity has done a poor job of stewarding this planet, and it’s hard to disagree with that. We’ve also done a poor job of stewarding one another, if that’s acceptable terminology to use regarding how we treat each other. So, if the planet is warming because people are sinners who think only of their own needs, I get the point.

However, the Lord God Almighty is either allowing this climate change with all its resulting catastrophes or causing them. This must be true. Human nature or Mother Nature cannot be more powerful than He is. He could have stopped this long ago and can now. I personally believe that He is withdrawing His hand of restraint on this nation and many other nations, as well. Perhaps the whole earth. Thus, He is saying, “You have rejected Me as Creator and Savior. Here are the results of your godless, lawless decisions.” The judgment of God is a terrible, interesting thing.

Christians should not sleepily accept the world’s never-ending proclamations about climate change. We live in godless societies, run by godless governments, informed by (mostly) godless scientists who believe in evolution, which means we are just elevated creatures and, ultimately, just sacs of stardust, water, and goo caused by time plus chance plus mutations. So, we should be circumspect about the worldview these individuals hold.

The Bible is clear about the source of all things that happen on the earth, whether good or ill.

“I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity. I am the Lord, who does all these things” (Isaiah 45:7). 1

“Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?” (Amos 3:6).

Seems clear who is in charge, doesn’t it? The earth may indeed be warming as a result of man’s activities. Climate scientists tell us that warm and cold climates have come and gone throughout earth’s history. Whatever the cause or causes of a warming climate, one thing is sure. God is the sovereign ruler of it all—not just of the earth, I should add, but of the universe. If we believe the Lord is simply standing by watching all of this transpire, we have a weak and insufficient view of the almighty God. We have been duped by a godless culture and are not thinking in a Christianly way.

One final word to put all this in perspective:

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” (Isaiah 8:12–13).

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.  

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