Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the bulletin of Fishkill UMC for this coming Sunday, February 19, 2020 (6th Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A). Our services start at 10:15 am and you are always welcome.
Can Science and Religion Work Together to Deal with the Problems of Climate Change?
In the beginning, God charged humankind with one directive, to take care of the earth and all that was in it. In one sense, this affirms that science is as much a part of our life as faith, for it is through science that we can find the ways to take care of this world on which we live and with whom we share its resources and space. And while the Bible should never be seen or taken as a science text, it can be seen as help us to think and even take us outside the box, as it were.
In Deuteronomy, we read of God telling us to look at what He has done for us. But when we do look around, can we say that we have taken care of what we have been directed to do?
For a long time, humankind has thought that it could do whatever it wished with this planet and its resources; recent events have shown the fallacy of that thought.
In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus speaks of the Ten Commandments and our relationship with others. Does this not extend to how we care for this world that we share with so many others?
Despite the claims of some, the problem of climate change is a man-made problem and it will be up to us to solve. Science can give us the solutions but it will be the church which provides the moral imperative to seek the solution
Information about Evolution weekend can be found on my blog at https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/evolution-weekend/