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Kevin Shang, an Operation Noah trustee, reviews Creation Care & Climate Change: what the bible says
It seems that everyone is talking about climate change these days. Believers in the church, however, have differing attitudes towards this topic, despite reading the same Bible. Some acknowledge climate change is a real phenomenon but insist the problem will correct by itself. Some sceptics categorise combating climate crisis as a secular issue, which is mainly the responsibility of scientists and policymakers; instead, Christians should focus on matters in the church.
Familiarity is not understanding. I would recommend Creation Care & Climate Change, by Roland Heersink, to Christians who have heard a lot about climate change or global warming but seldom explored what the Bible says about these issues. This is one of the most Bible-based books I have read on climate change. From Genesis to Revelation, this book will help you to uncover what the Bible says on climate change and what that means for God-honouring decisions today.
What particularly impressed me was a new perspective on the importance of God’s living creatures on earth, including all birds, fish and animals. ‘For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God’ (Romans 8:19-21). ‘He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”’ (Revelation 21:5). Creation and all creatures are waiting to be released into the new heaven and new earth ahead. Birds, fish and animals are also part of God’s BIG plan. This makes those creatures a little more special to me.
I would highly recommend readers follow the author’s suggestion: read one chapter a day, pray and meditate on relevant Bible verses. This gives God time to speak to you about climate change issues.