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CLARITY – 8-28-19 Mixed Priorities


A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-28-19

Mixed Priorities

What’s Happening: “If you listen to Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, the fires in the Amazon are necessary evils (for development). Besides, his country has already set aside $7 Million and readied 44,000 troops to deploy to fight the fires. It wouldn’t even be news except G7 countries have pledged $22.2 Million on Monday to fight what they consider is a global environmental threat (many consider the Amazon rainforest as vital to defeat global warming). Trouble is, the Brazilian President apparently mocked the presence of French President Macron’s wife over the weekend, creating a political brouhaha which is now a backdrop to the G7 offer…at least in some eyes…it justifies Bolsonaro’s refusal of the offer ( ‘We cannot accept that a President, Macron, issues inappropriate and gratuitous attacks against the Amazon, Nor that he disguises his intentions behind an ‘alliance’ of the G7 countries to ‘save’ the Amazon, as if it were a colony or no man’s land,’ Bolsonaro tweeted.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “How can a few (okay, a lot:4600!) fires in a remote jungle matter globally?”

Biblical Response:  “How indeed?! But it’s complicated. Let me see if I can unpack it for you. Bolsonaro wants to take his arguably 2nd-world country of Brazil to a first-world economy. He knows his country is rich in natural resources and ran his campaign on deforesting the Amazon for development. After trees were cut, they were left to dry out so they could be easily be disposed of by burning. The fires got away from them. He responds by pledging money and troops. Enter the G7 and their environmentalism (seen by Bolsonaro as meddling in Brazil’s sovereignty…besides, he’s a proud man and looked on their offer of help as condescension).”

“The real question no one is asking (everyone just assumes global warming and climate change are real and human-caused). Are climate change and global warming real? Yes. Thousands of scientists worldwide are correct. Are humans the primary cause? NO…though that’s not politically correct. I could talk about how what the U.S. and the rest of the world does is irrelevant if China (and other major offenders) are not cosignators on any agreements, but Genesis 8:22 says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and  harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (NASU)”

“It’s not that humans have no effect…they do…but their effect must be taken into consideration with the devastating effect that the carbon tax and other environmental proposals would have on economies worldwide. Some change can occur…over time…which if you believe AOC, we don’t have. I’d rather believe God.”

“Christians? We believe we have the primary responsibility for managing the environment (Gen. 2:15). That does not, however, give us license to act stupidly. Isn’t there a rise in global temperatures? Perhaps. So? The temperatures have fluctuated globally since creation. So have the Sun’s cycles (an influence?). Do we need to act responsibly? Of course, It’s just that some might disagree on what that looks like.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we need act, help us to not react, and to consider Your Word as the source of ultimate truth; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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