Are We At The Tipping Point?
Looking at the situation in the world now, I have to ask, in all seriousness, are we now at that tipping point? Let’s review the facts as we know them: Christ told us in Matthew 24 (and Mark 13 and Luke 21) what would happen in the last days. He was actually quite detailed. He specifically mentioned disruptions in the natural world that would build and build, including conflict, hunger, disease, and earthquakes. By including parallel comments in Mark and Luke we also understand that there will be “troubles” in the natural world, particularly involving the sea.
From looking at the present state of the natural world, we see that all of the natural systems that God created to support life on earth – our atmosphere, our hydrosphere, our oceans, our soil, our climate – are in steep and accelerating decline. Further, we see that this accelerating decline is beginning to impact human society, resulting in serious and mounting conflict, hunger, disease and a multitude of troubles. To be clear: we see an almost perfect alignment between what is now building and what Christ said was coming that indicated “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8).
We also have other signs of prophecy being fulfilled. Interestingly, the Pope is also paying attention to disruptions in our natural earth. Last summer he even issued an extremely well-researched Encyclical in regard to this problem. In that Encyclical he said that we are destroying the earth and we need to change our industrial, financial and agricultural practices or else we will invite more disasters and massive human suffering. The Pope also said that the earth has some hope in that relationships (between people and, by extension, between nations) can be healed by celebrating the Eucharist (communion). He also said that the earth can be healed by celebrating the Eucharist. He then went on to say that the Eucharist is most powerful when celebrated on Sunday. So, if mankind wants to stop what is coming on the earth, we can conclude that we all need to celebrate the Eucharist in church on Sunday.
We are living in a time when prophecy is being fulfilled right in front of us. But are we at the tipping point, where extraordinary events require extraordinary responses? Well, here is something to consider: The first three months of this year, and especially the last several weeks, have seen study after study that says our natural world is at the tipping point and we are going to see it get much, much worse. More than that, we are seeing exponential increases in just about every indicator. What is being predicted is nothing less than massive fires (like the astonishing and record setting March wildfire that burned 7000 square miles in the Midwest US yesterday and today), massive and devastatingly destructive storms that may be as large as half a hemisphere, heat waves so extreme that the human body cannot cool itself and death results (such as was seen in Pakistan this past year). They are pointing to signs that soon our crops will wither, our seas will rise dramatically, our water sources will become unreliable, and our human society will convulse. We will see conflict, disease, hunger, death, and every kind of trouble imaginable.
These reports have been prepared by some of the best and most respected scientists in the world, scientists whose previous work has proven to be prescient. These scientists are known to me and have earned my respect. When teams of scientists issue such amazing reports, I, at least, take them very seriously. And with the demonstrated exponential increases across systems, these scientists are, literally, being kept awake at night for fear of what is coming on the world (Luke 21:26).
One of these studies features Dr. James Hansen as part of a large team of equally qualified scientists. You can read what he had to say about exponential sea-level rise in this article by the Guardian. You can also read the recent extraordinary comments of the World Meteorological Organization in this article by the Guardian. These articles are representative of what we’re seeing from leaders in climate science.
Taken altogether, what we’re seeing demands an extraordinary response. In my opinion, the days of being lukewarm have come to an end, whether we like it or not.