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What Will Christians Do In Catastrophe? 070712
All three scriptures this morning talk of the power of weather—storms, the sea, high waves, thunder and lightning and the power of our Lord.
We’ve been seeking refuge indoors this past few days, while realizing that our livestock and crops are in serious trouble in record heat. Yesterday the record her (from 1988) was 101°F, and we had a temperature of 106°. Forecasters are saying that in the months of July, August and September the entire world should expect extraordinarily violent weather events.
Everyone is in agreement that we are having severe weather and strange weather, but as my fellow Missourian Mark Twain said ‘Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.’
People are sharply divided over whether humankind is causing climate change or whether it is just normal weather cycles. In either case, what will Christian’s do? If refugees from islands and coastal regions need new homes, will we share our homes with them (there could be billions of them)? If this drought causes a worldwide shortage of wheat, corn and soybeans will we be prepared to share our hidden food supplies?
Perhaps as a Mennonite I’m too concerned with what God might ask us to do , and not just what God might want us to believe. We are believers, but are we also doers?
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Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
23Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;
24they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.
25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity;
27they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.
28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;
29he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
37“At this also my heart trembles, and leaps out of its place. 2Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 3Under the whole heaven he lets it loose, and his lightning to the corners of the earth. 4After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic voice and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard. 5God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’; and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain, 7serves as a sign on everyone’s hand, so that all whom he has made may know it. 8Then the animals go into their lairs and remain in their dens. 9From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. 10By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. 11He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. 12They turn round and round by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. 13Whether for correction, or for his land, or for love, he causes it to happen.
25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.