Curtis Dahlgren
August 8, 2017
CONFESSION: I believe in a (future, avoidable) "Global Warming"
By Curtis Dahlgren

"If there is no God, what makes the next Kleenex pop out?" – unknown

"If God allows such things to happen, He must be cruel." – commonly heard saying

"non sequitur, n; (Latin) it does not follow" – Webster (intro to "Why does God allow such things to happen"; 11/3/13)

NASA IS TAKING APPLICATIONS, for director of the Planetary Protection Office (PPO). Evidently Uncle Sam feels the earth needs a Personal Protection Order. Maybe I should apply for the job. I'm here to tell you that there's an antidote. The good news is that the death of God has been "greatly exaggerated" ever since the sixties (the 1860s in Russia by the Nihilists). The bad news is He isn't exactly happy with the current era's Nihilism. The bad news is He talks about "wages of sin"; the good news is He can cut the bad days short, IF . . . "

As you will see in a quote below, the government wants to "take prudent precautions to protect Earth's biosphere in case life does exist elsewhere." But shifting gears only a little, I was scanning a book, "15 Minutes Alone With God," and it opened itself to a page headlined "Earthquake":

"On January 17, 1994, at 4:31 A.M. in Southern California, the L.A. area was rocked by a 6.6 earthquake . . Freeways fell, fires broke out, and much, much more. Only three months earlier Southern California had been hit by major fires, then rain caused mud slides in multi-million-dollar home areas. Within the past year we have experienced most of what the Scripture talks about from riots, quakes, fire, and flooding. The safety factor in this part of the country has dropped dramatically, with drive-by shootings, gangs, carjackings, murders, and thefts of all kinds. Yet why are we surprised. Our text tells us that before the Lord returns these things will happen [famines, earthquakes, wicked men, rumors of war, etc.] . . "

Rather than taking these things seriously, the news media obsess about MADE-UP issues, and global warming is all the rage, especially in the summer-time. Algore says that storms of biblical proportions are due to gases. Whose? And he totally forgets about a different kind of Global Warming we may live long enough to witness:

"And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun, and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they damned the name of God Who has power over these plagues, even the power to stop them, but . . . " – the Apostle John, 1st century AD

When THAT heat happens, it will take more than a PPO or a Preius to "save the planet." News item:

The mission of the Office of Planetary Protection is to promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments, and Earth. The objectives of planetary protection are several-fold and include:
  • Preserving our ability to study other worlds as they exist in their natural states;

  • Avoiding the biological contamination of explored environments that may obscure our ability to find life elsewhere – if it exists; and

  • To ensure that we take prudent precautions to protect Earth's biosphere in case life does exist elsewhere.
Post-Christian Nihilism poo-poos the Second Coming, of course, but when really, really intelligent Life reveals Itself from "out there," the nations will go into Independence Day mode and try to put up a "wall" to keep It from saving the Planet (another paradox)! Preachers today don't even want to go there. A quote from DECISION magazine, October 1961:

"We have a suggestion to offer that might improve our sermonic offerings so astonishingly that the churches would become crowded with worshipers. It is quite simple: let preachers become angry. Let them become angry over sin. Let them become angry over indifference."

P.S. It's okay to be angry over society's priorities and people's myopia. As someone said, "It's not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the
important things!"

PPS:
I'm not saying the coming eclipse is as significant as some people are saying, but I'm not saying it ISN'T either. The same issue of DECISION carried a poem by Katherine Melville entitled "Dear Daughter":

You say I'm clinging to an outworn creed;
That the Christ is out of date – passe;
That I must put others in His place,
New Messiahs for the present day! . . .

How can I answer best this avalanche,
Impassioned with the certainty of youth?
What was the evil quirk of circumstance
That got you off track in your search for Truth? . . .


Call me old-fashioned – stubborn – what you will,

Rooted and grounded in the Word until . . .

[more to come]

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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