Posts Tagged ‘Joel’


9/12 that is where we stand on our exploration of the Minor Prophets. It has been good to reconnect with this portion of scriptures and see how they apply today, I do hope you have been enjoying this. Today, I will give a short reflect and then links to two videos.

Joel uses the allegory and instance of a locust invasion to illustrate the imbalance within the nation of Israel, and their relation to one another and creation, 1:4 (New International Version):

What the locust swarm has left
    the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
    the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
    other locusts[a] have eaten.

The etymology of the locust shows the stages of chewing, swarming, jumping, and finishing. Anyone who has dealt with any swarms or infestations knows the cycle is important to understand, locusts being destructive of everything in their path. The infestation places nature out of sync, and is a great illustration that Israel is out of sync with creation, neighbour, wholistically, and with God (Joel 1:10, NIV):

The fields are ruined,
    the ground is dried up;
the grain is destroyed,
    the new wine is dried up,
    the olive oil fails.

The ancient Israelites believed that nature felt the negative and positive effects of humanity’s life cycle upon it. Much like science has proven today. Like Israel that Joel is speaking to, many try not to change, fight vehemently against the change, do not want to understand science (that which tells us the how of creation); and do not want to be held accountable or responsible. As we enter into deeper conversations, and needed transitions within our world for energy, and consumption, it should be the church leading the charge, instead we see regressive Christians taking the name of God to play their command and control structure of devastation, destruction, and pollution. We are a province that pedals ethical oil supposedly, yet we have not dealt with abandoned wells, or other environmental issues, we balk and fight, and call traitors those that see the writing on the wall of the changing energy sector and call for diversification, research and transition. We fear change, and as a result respond with anger and hate, in what could and will ultimately be beneficial. For those outside of the power bubble trying to be heard, one can very much be like a Joel.

I encourage those of faith to listen to these talks, one comes from the Pop-Up Theology Series on Science and Faith at Ambrose Seminary here in Calgary, the other is a Lutheran Pastor in Calgary.

John Van Sloten Pop Up Theology: Faith & Science (watch here)

Kevin Powell What is it with Alberta Conservative Christians and the oil & gas industry? (watch here).

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