Whether the topic is bible prophecy or global warming we tend to make America central to the discussion. In the mid Atlantic we are experiencing a blizzard and just broke all written records of snow fall, but just to the north of us for the winter Olympics Canada is warmer and lacking snow. Outside my office are eight foot banks of snow that have been plowed from our lot. Wind is pushing snow vertical and at times I cannot see across the street. At the same moment I read lots of sarcastic comments about global warming and even more sarcasm directed at a particular person who is attempting to alert people of the possibility of climate change.
Some really smart people who study bible prophecy say they cannot find America in bible prophecy. That's scary. That scares me more than any discussion on any topic. I see America in bible prophecy because I want to see it. America is my country and I want to think that we are pivotal to world history, but we might not be. If America isn't in bible prophecy, then we could just be a blip on the timeline. That is scary, and I hope I am right, and the very smart people who study bible prophecy all their life are wrong.
When my children were progressing past toddler hood, Brenda and I had to break the news to them that they were not the center of the universe. They eventually dealt with it, and matured into responsible, caring, humble and spiritual adults.
To somehow think and make sarcastic comments that the industrial revolution has had little effect on climate change removes our credibility in intelligent conversations. Record breaking snow levels, combined with record cold temperatures in the mid Atlantic may make us feel good to think that there isn't any climate change happening, but we could be missing the big picture and turning off an ever increasing populace who are already turned off to followers of Jesus. If America isn't even in bible prophecy, maybe what we experience climatologically doesn't matter either in the grand scheme of things.
Everyone needs a relationship with God, and maybe our sarcasm is building an intellectual conversational wall that we will one day come to regret.