Christians and Climate Change

I imagine Christians down the road are going to turn to God and say, “You promised you’d never flood the earth again!” His response? “I didn’t. You did.”

In his very first book, The Pilgrim’s Regress, C.S. Lewis allegorically refers to God as the “Landlord.” That’s a pretty good title actually. In the beginning, God created man and woman in His image, blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 ESV)

And so the Landlord left the planet in our possession, essentially saying something along the lines of, “Take good care of it,” yet here we are thousands of years later saying, “Oops.”

We’ve let our greed get in the way and these 70 degree fall days have gone to show it. Our CO2 levels this September (which is usually the lowest month of the year for CO2 levels) just passed the 400 PPM mark—a mark that some have suggested would be permanent.


“Jesus is going to have come back sooner than He expected,” I often joke with my friends.

“Or maybe the reason He said He didn’t know when He was coming back was because He was waiting to see when we destroyed it all,” they joke back.

To be honest, I don’t fully know how to be the solution, though I’m certain I’m part of the problem. Like losing our virginity, we may not be able to uncross the line, but we can make better decisions from here on out.

We can vote better. We can use clean energy wherever possible (here’s what we can do here in Jackson, MI). We can decide to make better choices now rather than later.


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