I’ve been following the Gulf oil disaster story, and I’m increasingly more horrified by what we’ve done to our world. It’s looking now as if we’re going to be facing the worst case scenario, and that due to damage to the well bore shaft, the entire thing is just going to empty out into the water.
And that’s scary. Tremendously scary to me.
You guys know by now that I’m the kind of person who leaps to a panicked conclusion and then talks herself down from it. You won’t be surprised, therefore, to know my first reaction after reading this article was to remember the Book of Revelation, where the seas turn to blood.
16:1Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” …3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.
My next reaction (after saying, “Philangelus, get a grip”) was to wonder why the Christian bloggers hadn’t yet taken a (more rational) whack at what was going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Because although I can’t say I have my finger on the pulse of the blogosphere, the blogs I read have been pretty much silent on the matter. But they shouldn’t be.
Because in the Christian view…this world? God gave it to us. God told us to be stewards of the Earth, to take care of it. To subdue it, yes, but also to tend it and make things grow on it and to keep it our home. And instead we’ve done this.
I don’t believe we’re really in the endtimes (f0r several reasons) and I also don’t believe God is punishing us, despite the way lightning struck the oil collection rig yesterday. But I do believe that God allows us to make bad choices and to live with the consequences of those choices.
I don’t have a solution. But the places I’m accustomed to hearing a rallying cry aren’t either crying or rallying.
At the very least, we need to pray. Pray hard that the “doomsday scenario” doesn’t go to completion. Pray for mercy.
Right now none of the fine readers who visit this blog can stop what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico, but at the very least, we should be talking about it.