Last night, as Boo of Life and I would spend some evenings browsing through Youtube videos, we came across GBN’s interviews of some of the ‘Insulate Britain’ protesters, who, in the name of peaceful protests, have been obstructing traffic and constituting a nuisance. I’m sure you might have heard about them, that’s if you haven’t already been disturbed by them.
As I watched the interview of one Gabby Ditton, a spokesperson for Insulate Britain, I became very confused about their mandate and what they hope to achieve. For me, as a Christian who believes every word of Scripture, it has become a conundrum to know where to stand on all the CLIMATE CHANGE brouhaha going on at the moment, but I know that one thing is for sure, this world will end because GOD SAID SO. So listening to this lady raise the alarm about us being in the final moments because of what we are doing and not doing to save the environment made my skin crawl.
Do we really think WE HAVE THE POWER to do anything to save this planet? This is an honest question I hope a sound Christian can help me answer. But that’s not the reason for this post so I’ll end this digression.
Gabby Ditton, in her interview said this and I quote:
. . . they are quite welcome to lock us up. We are far less afraid of anything they can do to us than what is coming down the road, and I know I keep saying it but that’s because it’s true and yeah, I think they should lock us up, they should charge us and they should throw everything, and that’s what people are saying that they want so they should go ahead.Gabby Ditton, GBN Interview on the The Clash
As I listened to those words come out of her mouth, I became quite ashamed and worried at the same time. I could hear the words of the Apostle Paul boasting in his chains because of the cause of Christ. I could hear Peter and John boldly tell the Pharisees that they would rather obey God and not man and keep preaching the gospel. I could see Stephen not afraid of the stones flying in his direction because he knew he was dying for what he believed was true.
These guys at Insulate Britain were sounding like what we who hold THE TRUTH should sound like. They are not afraid of prison or loss of property and status as long as they propagate their truth and get their voice heard; yet, some of us Christians are hiding in the confines of our church buildings instead of running into the streets and crying CODE RED because, yes, the world will come to an end, but it won’t be because of CLIMATE CHANGE, but because one day, JESUS will return to judge the living and the dead.
I asked Boo of Life why we are not as courageous as the lady on our screen and he said,
‘Maybe we don’t really believe what we preach’.
I remember listening to a sermon at my church in Kuala Lumpur. It was Cristian Moscoso preaching that day. He said something along these lines: If you brother told you not to disturb his sleep and there was fire in the house, are you not going to wake him up and get him out of the house because he requested not to be disturbed?
That analogy has never left me. It does hold me accountable, and I hope it won’t stand against me on the last day. Because I’m in a house on fire, and I see lot of my brothers and sisters asleep, and though they have warned me not to disturb them, I’m tempted every day to listen to their warning. But am I really going to let them go down with the house?
Are we going to let those we claim to love burn?
So as I think about Gabby Ditton’s courage and assess mine, I weigh both ‘truths’ and acknowledge that mine has more at stake: SOULS AND ETERNITY!