Monday, March 12, 2007

Global Warming

I will admit it upfront. I like Al Gore. I voted for him in 2000.
I wish he would run in 2008. I'm pretty sure I'd vote for him again.

But, this post is not about how he was robbed of the presidency. It's about his call for humanity to do something about global warming. It was a topic at work today, and I just have to rant about it.

Apparently, there is a divide among evangelicals regarding the issue of global warming.

The National Evangelical Association vice president for governmental affairs, Rich Cizik, is trying to bring together Christian leaders to address the growing danger of climate change. To that end, The Evangelical Climate Initiative was signed by 86 evangelical leaders in an effort to get Christians to think about being good stewards of God's creation. They believe global warming is happening, it's serious and humans are causing it. And that it's time for Christians to help do something about it. You can find out more at:

Sounds right to me.

On the other hand, the Christian Far Right would have us believe that global warming is a myth. Jerry Falwell, the leader of the Moral Majority Coalition, delivered a sermon this past Sunday on the environment. He believes the jury is still out on whether humans cause global warming. He says that any attempt by the government to decrease greenhouse emissions will somehow bankrupt the American economy. He goes on to say that God will maintain the earth until Jesus returns.
(I guess Jesus can be counted on to keep the heavens and earth in order, but it's up to us to make sure there isn't a drop in the U.S stock exchange.)

Even more astounding to me is that he stated it's "Satan's attempt to re-direct the Church's primary focus from evangelism to environmentalism".
To top it all off, he goes on to say that environmentalists are acting like "first class nuts."

If you ask me, what better way to win people to Christ than to show our love and thankfulness for all that he has given to us. Whether it is love for the beauty of the earth (his creation) or love for one another (his creation).

I read this weekend Falwell has asked Newt Gingrich to deliver the the commencement address this year at Falwell's Liberty University. The same Newt Gingrich who has now admitted to an extramarital affair at the same time he was pursuing President Clinton's impeachment during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The same Newt Gingrich who has been married three times and divorced twice because of affairs.

Now if I have this right, Falwell doesn't want us to spend time recycling, buying energy efficient lighting, choosing energy efficient appliances, insulating our homes, conserving hot water, buying fuel efficient cars etc.

The leader of the "Moral Majority" would rather have us spend our time listening to the rhetoric of a disgraced, hypocritical congressman espousing a "family values" agenda.

Now that's what I call nuts.


Blogger dillyweed said...

Now is it considered nuts to end every statement at lunch today with "and it won't matter anyhow because we'll all be burning up and under water because of global warming"?
Now I DIDN'T vote for Al, but I do agree that something needs to be done and just sitting back and waiting for our planet to gradually fall apart scares me to pieces...
And if I was truly nuts, maybe I'd worry about something else. Or maybe not.

9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if I can re-type my original brilliant comments, but the gist of it was, Christian or not, we ALL need to take responsibility for taking care of this planet. I would think more so for the Christians as we believe in The Creator who made it all and you'd think that as we, knowing the miracle of this event, would want to cherish and maintain God's green earth!

5:26:00 PM  

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