Why all the flooding?

In November I wrote about the Church not being a building and that our church building had suffered flooding prior to the effects of Covid 19.  And less than 12 months later, the building was flooded again. Fortunately, Covid 19 had delayed completion of the building works and the builder’s insurance covers any further repairs. The building is expected to reopen sometime in June

Picture 2alongside other places of worship. This time without insurance. I guess we’ll be praying for the once in 54 years occurrence to not happen for a 7th time in 23 years!  

But why does our building flood in the first place? Of course, being situated on the banks of the River Severn doesn’t help, but as an environmentalist, I have to consider certain issues related to climate change have an effect. Around the world, the number of extreme weather events have been increasing and whilst in 2020 here in the UK we experienced Storm Ciara, South Sudan experienced one of its worst floods on record, cyclone Amphan struck the Bay of Bengal and there were floods in China and India. Six of the ten most costly events took place in Asia, five of them associated with an unusually rainy monsoon whilst in Africa, huge locust swarms ravaged crops and vegetation across several countries, linked to wet conditions brought about by unusual rains fuelled by climate change. The US suffered from both a record-breaking hurricane and fire season, Siberia had a heat wave during the first half of the year and heat and drought resulted in fires in Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil with a massive impact on biodiversity and the planet’s capacity to respond to a warmer world.

Whether you believe these effects are caused by climate change or have some other idea why we are experiencing more extreme weather, it’s difficult to ignore completely. God created the world, holds everything together, and reconciles all things through Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:15-20). The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it (Psalm 24:1) and He cares for the land and waters it (Psalm 65:9). God provided us with this for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6: 17) and put him (man) in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). Everything we read suggests God loves the Earth, cares for it and wants us to look after it and enjoy it. God requires us to care for His creation, because to neglect, abuse and spoil the environment, is damaging what is precious to God. Looking after Earth, nature, creation, whatever you want to call it, is for Christians, a responsibility and we need to step up and do something about looking after it and the people who depend on it. 

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