For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a (21st Century King James Version)
We’ve just witnessed a storm that superseded Hurricane Sandy. Typhoon Haiyan tore into the Philippines with 195 mile-per-hour winds, which surpassed Hurricane Camille’s 190 mph winds in 1969. Hiayan (or “Yolanda” in the Philippines) eventually struck Vietnam before losing steam.
As of this writing, Filipino officials are just starting to tally up the dead (so far under 2500) and missing from the storm. It was a disaster that boggles the mind in its scope. Nations, including the US and Israel, are sending personnel to help the survivors. The city of Tacloban-which took the brunt of the storm-looks as if a tactical nuke hit it. If anyone just looks at the image above, and the photos in the news, all logic shuts down on such a powerful storm wreaking such damage and carnage.
As thoughts and prayers (including mine) go out for the typhoon survivors, our thoughts prayers should also focus on what has just occurred. I know that my fundagelical pals out there will say that “God is talking to us,” and that this is a “sign of the Last Days.” Oh yes, God is telling us something; He/She’s telling us to quick screwing up the environment. We still pump carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere and think that nothing’s going to happen. We forget that our actions are causing Mother Earth to warm up-including the seas which can fuel typhoons (or hurricanes and cyclones). We’re fueling more storms and not doing anything to prepare ourselves for the world we’ll be creating.
And, yes this could be the sign of the “last days”-the last days of living life as we know it. As these weather patterns change, we’re going to see more Haiyans coming our way. In this future (if we keep on our present course), our very livelihood will be upset: climate refugees; mounting insurance and medical costs; rebuilding costs; and possible socioeconomic and political costs will pull on us. We’ll see our sea levels rise as water temperatures warm up; and our coastal cities flood to the point where we cannot live in them anymore. Or what if a Haiyan-sized hurricane slams into the New York City area, or into Tokyo with such devastation that they’re unlivable?
The storm came, and we need to understand that more will come. What we do today will impact how we live tomorrow.
The above Scripture text was a warning through the prophet Hosea to sinful Israel and her abandoning Him/Her. God could be saying the same to us with our abusing the world He/She gave us.
God’s calling us to be more mindful stewards of our Earth. If we don’t, we just might see our “last days”.