Thursday, June 07, 2007

More on Christians and the climate

I had a conversation recently with an extreme right-wing Christian who insists that global warming is a farce and is nothing but a money engine for researchers who must continue to claim doom and gloom to keep their funds flowing. They go so far as to say, "If you all believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God then according to Revelations Jesus will return to earth someday and take us all up to Heaven. If I understand that and believe it to be true then the Earth must still be here and humans must still be alive hence the Global Warming Doomsday crowd are nothing more than propagandists."

Wow. I am simply amazed at how delusional we can be at times. Consider, if you can, the possibility that Jesus doesn't come back until 40,000 years from now, long after global warming has come and gone. Billions of lives would have been wiped out by global warming, but the world would have recovered - the waters would have receded. Generations would have come and gone, civilizations risen and fallen, but the prophecy can still be fulfilled, even if it's tens of thousands of years from now. If this is at all a possibility, it simply makes sense to try to save those billions of lives.

A wise person said, "We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." As a Christian, that is even more true. For it is society we are trying to save; it is our neighbors, our cities, our nations, and our world that we are responsible for.

Oh, by the way, that wise person is Hillary Clinton.

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