Climate centre

As you may know, I live in Glasgow, Scotland, and from today for the next 2 weeks, Glasgow is the focus of the world, as world leaders, and thousands of delegates will aim to agree a plan at COP 26, to help save the world from irreversible climate change.

I’m certainly not going to get into the politics of climate change or the COP 26 summit, so I write the post just to voice some of my thoughts and observations about how well, or otherwise, we, as God’s people have looked after this world which God created.

God created the world, and he created us to live in the world, so shouldn’t we be looking after what we have been given?

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16

Do we look after things/items we buy for ourselves or our loved ones? Would we destroy things which we’ve had to save up for, and spend our well earned money on?

Assuming we wouldn’t intentionally harm or destroy our own possessions which we’ve either bought for ourselves of a friend/family member has bought for us, why does it seem we don’t want to pay that same attention to looking after what God has given us?

Yes, for many years, man hasn’t understood or known the damage we have been doing to the world. However once man did recognise the damage we were doing, we carried on doing the same things, and didn’t stop causing further damage to the world we live in. I’m sure God has shed a lot of tears about how we have mistreated the world he provided for us to live in.

So as COP 26 gets underway today, I pray that God’s Spirit may convict the hearts and minds of the world’s leaders, making them conscious of their great responsibility to the generations of the present and the future and, ultimately, to God. I ask that God will give them the courage to make those difficult decisions which will ultimate save the world from the climate changes that are predicted if we continue to abuse the world as we currently do. I also pray that each one of us will be ambassadors for change so that we can make a difference in the world by looking after the plant and one another.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!

Psalm 8:3-8

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