Linda and I recently drove to Pennsylvania and New York to visit family and friends. We chose to avoid the interstate highways when possible to enjoy the scenery of small towns and farms which stand in mute testimony against the “America was never great” morons. An extremely wet spring was in full evidence with major rivers and small streams overflowing their banks, thousands of fields laying fallow because of farmers’ inability to plant in mud, and Lake Ontario reaching record levels. All we will hear from the media and other Leftist organizations is “climate change.” To hear them tell it, climate change and Donald Trump are the cause of all human suffering and anxiety; therefore, both must be eliminated in order to save the planet.
When it comes to climate, liberals only possess a singular drum to beat which often causes them to be out of step. The Bible weighs in with a balanced approach to weather that matches history and common sense. First of all, due to a Divine curse that dates back to the sinful fall of humanity, climate change has always existed (see Genesis 3:17-19). Thirteen famines are recorded in the Bible and have continued into modern chronology.
It is estimated that the Anasazis settled in southwest Colorado in the twelfth century but remained there less than one hundred years. A study of tree rings determined that a twenty-three year drought resulted in farming failures which drove the natives south. According to science, (yes, science), after around 1130 A.D. North America had significant climatic change in the form of a 300 year dry spell called the “Great Drought.” The Mississippian culture suffered collapse during this period. Confirming evidence dated between 1150 and 1350 has been found in excavations in the western regions of the Mississippi valley which show long-lasting patterns of warmer winters and cooler, drier summers. But wait, how can that be? There were no coal fired generating plants, airplanes dotting the skies, vehicles moving to and fro, aerosol cans spewing poisonous elements, or belching smoke stacks!
It has been pointed out by several leading scientists that volcanoes have a far greater effect on the atmosphere than all of the efforts of mankind, but those facts are largely ignored because they don’t fit the Leftist narrative.
History is compounded by the words of Jesus when He spoke of latter day events: “…and there shall by famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:7). Paul added: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). The word “travail” is generally used in Scripture to describe a woman in labor about to deliver a child. Paul applies that thought to the earth awaiting a deliverance when Jesus Christ returns to establish His kingdom. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, blizzards, cyclones, droughts, hailstorms, heat waves, tornadoes, fires, epidemics, and famines have always existed, but an increase in frequency would indicate that these “labor pains” are growing closer together.
During the forty years preceding the decade of the 1990’s, there were 142 classified natural disasters in the United States. During the ten years of the 1990’s, there were seventy-two. From 2000 to present the world has experienced some of the worst and most destructive natural disasters in recorded history. Is it remotely possible that these prophesied catastrophes are a dramatic warning sign to humankind of the sudden, direct, imminent intervention in human affairs by the Creator, God Himself? The world has yet to see the explosions of meteorological conditions described in the Book of Revelation. The irony is that the same group that rejects the Bible are forecasting similar events!
Setting aside the historical and prophetic momentarily, another possibility exists for inclement weather patterns. First Samuel records Israel’s desire to replace God’s direct leadership for that of a king. The nation persisted even though they were warned of a number of negative consequences. Samuel’s parting shot was: “But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes. Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking you a king.” (I Samuel 12:15-17)
The rain came, the harvest was greatly reduced, livelihoods were in jeopardy, and grocery prices escalated because the Lord knew that anything less would be ignored.
America has embraced many other rulers of thought and behavior which replace the God of heaven, but He is steadfast in attempting to gain our attention. It seems clear that we abide in the midst of the worst of all famines. “Behold, the days come saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of the hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11) The climate change of the heart produces disasters in politics and nature. We are surrounded by glaring evidence of this but few seem to care.