…and the prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles.’” vs. 6Jeremiah 28:5-6
Jeremiah wasn’t the only prophet in Jerusalem in those years before its destruction. Hananiah also had a vision for the future, and his optimistic words were like candy to the ears of the people. Jeremiah then tells them he hopes that Hananiah is right–he too would like to see the treasures of the temple restored–but that wasn’t the word that he had gotten from the Lord. The people were put in a tough spot–who should they believe? We’ve been put in that kind of a situation by the prophets of our day with regard to the environment. Some say there is nothing to fear, that all the alarming trends should not be a concern. We don’t need to find alternative sources of energy to meet our growing needs. Others maintain that unless we make the move away from fossil fuels there will be disastrous consequences. We all would like it if the optimists were right and that we don’t need to change our ways. But deep in our hearts we wonder about the predictions. We may not know for sure now, but our great grandchildren will know without a doubt who the false prophets were. It would be horrible if we could have done something and didn’t!
Thought for the Day: How did I decide who to believe about climate change?