I’m not a Bible thumper, but I am a Christian and try to read scripture every day. I’m not trying to start a religious debate because it’s too sensitive a topic and generally does nothing but create hard feelings. But I would like to pose a possibility.
In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God becomes so angry at the conduct of His creation of man and woman that he floods the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights. All but Noah, his family, and a male and female of every species, perish in the flood. It seems like a harsh punishment, one we’ll never quite understand, but perhaps even God thought so, because he promised never to do it again. Maybe, just maybe, God has an agenda.
Unless you live in a vacuum, you’re aware that never in recorded history have there been so many natural disasters. Everything from floods, to hurricanes, to earthquakes, to tsunamis, to wildfires, to tornadoes, to tropical storms, to unbearable heat waves and bitter cold winters have gripped the Earth over the last few years. The death toll is staggering. The ozone layer is vanishing, the ultraviolet rays from the sun are more intense and more damaging to our skin, the ice caps are rapidly melting, jeopardizing the continued existence of many animal species vital to our existence, war rages in Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more Arab nations in the Middle East are ravaged by civil wars, the economic woes of the United States and many European countries threaten the financial stability of the world, hostile nations implement programs to develop nuclear weapons, and there is no peaceful end in sight to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Is it a coincidence that all of these life-threatening events are happening simultaneously? Could it be that God is sending us a clear message that we’d better get our acts together lest he systematically exterminate us? Far fetched? Let’s take it a step further. Isn’t it interesting that when there are natural disasters like the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, or Katrina in New Orleans that there are no racial boundaries or political disagreements? When faced with a common enemy, people band together and work towards the common good. There are no prejudices or cultural divides. Nor are there any social differences.
Perhaps it’s time for each of us to take a step back and clearly evaluate just how much we contribute to the good of the human race. Maybe it’s time for us to reevaluate and take some steps to make this a better world. Perhaps we should put down our cell phones, turn off our big screen TV’s, and pay attention to what’s going on around us. Imagine if every capable person in the world did one small good deed every single day. Wouldn’t that make the world a better place to live? And who knows, maybe God might just reconsider His plan and bless us with peace in our hearts and a better life. Or should we start building an ark?