August 15

Luke 12:54-56

“You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” vs. 56

Jesus had such contempt for the people of his day. They could predict rain and scorching heat by watching the wind directions, but they failed to see what was coming to pass in the present. We wonder what he might say to us. We have made incredible advancements in science and are able to predict the weather in amazing ways. In the last half century those climate scientists have begun to issue dire warnings. As levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere we will see temperatures and sea levels rise, storms will become more intense, and there will be widespread drought in some areas and devastating flooding in others. Can anything be done? Most scientists say yes. We can make changes that will at least mitigate the coming climate changes. Many people have decided not to trust the scientists and believe we can just go on living as we have in the past. Making needed changes would cost too much and our rich nations just can’t afford it. People of faith recognize their responsibility to care for the earth and are very willing to make any needed sacrifices. And so we wonder, “Just who are the hypocrites in all of this?” This we do know: if we do nothing, as it appears we’ve decided to do, it is our grandchildren who will pay the cost.
Thought for the Day: Why don’t many people trust scientists?

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