The warning signs have been there since the beginning of the year along Cape Town’s highways. Drought conditions. Save water…
…a lot of environmentalism purports to warn people about CO2 emissions. The idea of environmental catastrophe is open for debate, in terms of human impact (or lack thereof) or level of catastrophe.
Good warnings need to be heeded. However it reminded me of one area where society in general isn’t listening to warning anymore: from the church.
Jesus spoke to the crowd about being able to interpret weather and general signs, who then refused to consider the signs of the times:
“54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” (Luke 12, NIV)
Whilst I’m worried about rain the same as anybody, and whilst we prayed about it as a family and a church, there is something that is becoming ever more obvious: seeing the Gospel as something unappealing. Look at point 5 in the following link and tell me we’re not there already as a society?
The godlessness and licentiousness of modern society that tells us to do what feels good versus the reversion to 6th century theocracy under Islam make opposite appeals and it is to these extremes that society is going. And in the middle, the church, who people are increasingly not listening to anymore.
Its frustrating, but we are called to still hold out the hope.