Epistles of Thomas

June 9, 2008

How would God get our attention today?

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 20:42
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I was reading an article in the New York Times today – Worries Mount as Farmers Push for Big Harvest. I love this quote:

“We can’t snap our fingers and make high yields,” said Emerson D. Nafziger, a professor of agronomic extension at the University of Illinois. “We still depend on the weather.”

The Old Testament is full of stories of famine and disaster and the writers and prophets always saw them in the context of global warming God’s message to humanity. Remember Joseph? He was given the task of saving Egypt and the world from seven years of famine. If it wasn’t for that famine the Israelites would never have been in Egypt and never have been rescued by God using Moses.

Today the media carries on about Global Warming as if it has Divine Sovereignty over Earth…as if we control the fate of the world and not God. During the Cold War the concentration was on whether or not NATO and the USSR would destroy the world through nuclear winter. Would God really allow us to blow up the entire planet, even if it was a consequence of our own stupidity? Now we wonder whether we will flood and cook the world through burning too many fossil fuels.

Famine was been a very effective tool for getting people’s attention in the Old Testament. What would God do today? How would be get our collective attention? What would it take to wake up those who believe there is no God, that humanity determines its own destiny and we need nothing but the time to evolve beyond our superstitions. Oh that’s right, we don’t believe in that sort of God anyway. He was replaced by Jesus’ loving, tender God who is only concerned with showering humanity with blessings, not punishing them and calling them to repentance. Jesus would never condemn anyone for their sin, he wouldn’t ask people to repent. He would tell them that they are fine as they are and they should celebrate their liberation. Forget I asked.

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1 Comment »

  1. I totally agree. We tend to think that science has the key to solving all the worlds problems if we invest enough money in research. Whilst it is right to use our God-given intellect and God can certainly work through the skilled hands of our scientists He certainly doesn’t depend on us or need our help. In the words of the old chorus “God is still on the Throne, and He will remember His own” God is well able to work out His purpose with or without our co-operation. I am quite prepared to believe that God might chose to allow famine and other “natural” disasters to bring us to our senses. I also believe that we forget a God who punishes sin at our peril. Those who deny God’s sovereignty must be prepared for the consequences of that choice.

    Comment by newlongtonmethodist — July 7, 2008 @ 4:33 | Reply


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