PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

10/2/19

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

What we believe influences our behavior. What we believe will have consequences for ourselves and possibly others. That’s why it is so important to know what is true, half-true and false information. This is also why it is so important to understand the world around us from a biblical perspective – a biblical worldview.

Case in point: Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old “Swedish environmental activist on climate change” who has been campaigning for stronger action on global warming and was instrumental in promoting and organizing a “school climate strike” this past August. Here is what she said in part at the U.N. Climate Change Conference:

"This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"  "You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.” (Wikipedia)

Greta convinced her parents to forego air travel and to stop eating meat. Cows simply release too much gas into the atmosphere. (I’m not sure how Greta got the the U.S. from Sweden without air travel unless it was by ship which also uses fuel and emites gas into the atmosphere).

Anyway, what does God say about His creation? After the global flood God said: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11 It doesn’t say as long as man is on the earth, but as long as the earth remains. The earth and life upon it will not be destroyed by any means other than God himself. By God’s word. . . the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 2 Peter 3:7 It is reserved for judgment by fire brought about by God himself. This entire idea that man can somehow control the weather and temperature through governmental action is arrogant, foolish and of course comes from a worldview that denies the bible and God himself.

Greta says to all political leaders; “My message to all the politicians is the same — to listen to the science and act on the science.” Scientists do not agree on all the information about climate change, how to interpret the data and new information is coming in all the time which would change their conclusions and change their course of action. Scientists are fallible human beings and most of climate change is driven by an anti-Christian ideology or world view.

We’re better off getting our information from scripture regarding the future rather than believing that cow gas and car exhaust is destroying our world. It’s a policy of insanity. Jesus said: “The truth will set you free.” What you believe has consequences and influences behavior either for the good or for the worst?

“We have the power to choose what we believe, but what we believe has power over us, power to heal or power to destroy.” What is the basis of your beliefs?

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way: Wednesday, 3:30 Confirmation class.

6:30PM Bible study: Early church. Anyone is welcome.

Sunday 6, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Remain Faithful

Sunday school Sept. 6, 10:15

Wednesday 9, 11:00 Funeral for Norman Nyhus.