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CLARITY – 1-18-20 Agree…Sort Of


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-18-20

Agree…Sort Of

What’s Happening: “The left-leaning 9th Circuit Federal Court ruled yesterday, that they weren’t going to hear arguments from the Oregon-based advocacy group Our Children’s Trust, representing 21 youths in a Climate Change case filed in 2015. It may have dealt a death blow to the case that was seeking an injunction against the use of fossil fuels. The Court reasoned that steps taken by Congress and the Executive Branch would be insufficient if not in tandem with other countries. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017  ( ‘“That’s the heartbreaking thing about this opinion. The 9th Circuit recognizes that climate change is an existential threat … and agrees that the political branches have not done enough to address this problem in the past and are unlikely to do so in the future. But the court just feels it’s in a really difficult situation,” said Cara Horowitz, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If, as AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) maintains, the planet only has 11 ½ years anyway (the Green New Deal), I don’t think it’s going to matter.”

Biblical Response:  “That’s assuming a worst-case scenario (and there are many who think either that Climate Change is a hoax or not man-made). I’m not saying we don’t have overall rising temperatures (though I do remember the media’s doom-and-gloom predictions of a coming Ice Age in the late 60’s). It really makes a difference how far you go back in time for temperature comparisons.”

“Besides, changes in the Sun or some localized phenomenon is usually discovered to be the cause-agent. I remember during a Christmas vacation and ski trip to Bozeman, Montana in the late 60’s, the temperature going from minus 40 to plus 41 (in 30 minutes!). It turns out a Chinook (southern wind) that blew in was the culprit. When we get all adither about Climate Change or Global Warming, we need to remind ourselves of God’s promise (Gen. 8:22). Of course, the media’s profits, grant funding, and education may already have the deck stacked.”

“Christians? We believe in responsible stewardship of the environment. It’s part of our original purpose (Gen. 2:15). We also believe our God is bigger than our petty fears.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be jerked one way, then another in matters that You have well in hand; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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