Despite summit meetings and heavy media coverage, the topic of climate change remains controversial.
Geological history shows the Earth’s climate has always been cyclical, but the question remains: to what extent is modern civilization the cause of the current trends and what, if anything, can people or governments do to actually change things?:
Opinions are divided and passionate on the subject, but there is one area of climate change that is undeniable and completely within our power to impact.
For several decades our social climate has been growing rapidly coarser and less civil.
In our own homes, we can hear and see things today that would have been not only unthinkable to speak about in polite society, but actually illegal to broadcast. Constant exposure to scenes of violence, foul language, and degradation in entertainment and the news media is reflected in the way we interact with one another. Combined with the decline in support for morality and ethical standards in our institutions, the social climate has heated up to the point where there is little respect shown to anyone, including those in positions of authority whose job it is to protect us.
As Christians we are tasked with the responsibility to be salt and light in our culture. Salt to preserve God’s Word and light to show the way to Christ and His love. It would seem that we have been overwhelmed by the challenges we face, but have we given up?
Like ripples in a pond, when we make Christ’s influence felt in our own small sphere, those ripples can join with the efforts of our fellow believers to make a powerful wave.
The first century Christians lived in an equally corrupt and pagan society and had an even more daunting task. They didn’t have our access to worldwide communications and travel, but because of their commitment and faith, they lived and proclaimed the Good News of Christ’s salvation and changed the world.
With all the tools we have, imagine what we could do to change the climate of our society today.
I believe that God is the only one who controls the weather, but each one of us can certainly control our own actions. You can make a difference and so can I.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)