Our Oceans – Dying
On the second day of creation, God created our atmosphere and our hydrosphere, which is to say all the surface water on earth, including lakes and seas. These two massive and massively complicated systems are sister systems, each relying on the other to successfully operate. The two systems exchange heat, gasses and chemicals. They are joined at the hip and the fate of one determines the fate of the other.
Let’s look at our oceans. We really don’t know what they looked like when first created, but we can be sure they were stunning. The cumulative affects of sin are taking their toll, as our oceans are in steep and accelerating decline. Whatever they looked like at creation, only three and four hundred years ago they were still amazing. We know this because we have massive amounts of data from sea-going vessels over the centuries, and from lengthy accounts by captains and crew of their experiences. We know that our seas were teeming with what seemed to be inexhaustible life, that the sea life and the seas themselves seemed to be without end.
Those days are over. Today, commercially relevant ocean fish stocks are expected to be completely exhausted by the year 2050. To be clear, we are talking a 100 percent depletion of commercial fish stocks. Already massive trawlers travel to the Antarctic to compete for the dwindling supplies of fish in those open waters. Why should we care? Because over one billion people rely on the sea for their food, and because our threatened land-based food simply cannot accommodate the added pressure of one billion more people. Human society will experience massive pressure as our oceans die. And “die” is the correct word. Scientists who study the ocean are all pretty much wearing a black arm band and have coined a name for the oceans of our time – the mycocene era, or the age of slime, because it is only fungus that is doing well in the oceans.
Our oceans are undergoing dramatic chemical changes, with significant impact on sea life. And we are seeing dramatic thermal changes, with warmer oceans spawning more powerful storms. The complicated currents that distribute water all over the globe are slowing down, with dramatic impacts on climate and on transportation the world over. The thing about the oceans is that the more we study and learn about them, the worse the news is. In Luke 21, when Jesus was telling His disciples what would happen in the last days, He mentioned the oceans and He mentioned the response of man to the increased knowledge of what was happening to the earth. This is what we read in verses 25 and 26: “And there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth distress among nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Today we can chart and graph the massive and accelerating decline of our oceans, which is also to say that we can chart and graph – in real time – the effects of sin and the fulfillment of prophecy. For Christians, the snowballing effect of sin on our earth should be a wake-up call. It should remind us this earth has little time left and only those who have accepted Christ as their savior will escape. Seeing our planet in distress is a wakeup call to redouble our efforts on behalf of our Savior.