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November 9, 2012

God reigns

NORMAN — One of my favorite texts from the Bible is from the book of Psalms (96: 10 – 13) “The Lord reigns… let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth be glad, let the seas resound and all that is in it; Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy, they will sing before the Lord for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.”

I think Bible readers and those who don’t read the Bible may be asking questions about that in ways they didn’t ask before Hurricane Sandy came ashore. Our hearts go out to the victims, and I hope that financial support for additional help is following close behind. My hope is that a new sense of “community” may be born from this tragedy. It often has in the past history of our country.

The Bible constantly challenges us to care for the earth. Perhaps Job 12:7-10 reminds us best, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; or birds of the air and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you; or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this. In (God’s) hands are the life of every creature and the breath of all humankind.”

I’m a believer in global warming, and I believe the science that points to “Sandy” being encouraged by the warming of the ocean. Meteorologists are now outlining the reasons for this massive storm and educating us as to the many reasons it occurred. Long term studies are confirming the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere because of human activity. This evidently causes the earth to warm and the oceans to become more acidic, promoting conditions conducive to violent weather.

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