Bruce continued with the story of King Solomon. “Having considered wealth and prosperity and God’s expectations what happens when these are not met? In King Solomon’s case it was his wives who turned him away from his God, by having him build temples and make sacrifices for their foreign gods. Does that kind of love give life? How common is such a situation today where people begin to love and worship “idols,” or foreign gods in different forms? Today’s idols are possessions, habits that can become addictive, sex, even work or sport can become obsessions that turn us away from our God and one another. Will God turn away and punish us as he did the Israelites from that time, 700 years before Christ, possibly even until today? Can we see our misfortunes or the disasters around climate change as a punishment from God?
The Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord. God said,“since this has been your mind and you have not kept my covenant I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.” 1 Kings 11:4-13.
Pope Francis: Our Sister, Mother Earth who sustains and governs us now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. LS 1-2