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"The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." Hosea 14:9b

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Globally Cooked Brains, Part III

In my previous two posts, I addressed the silliness of the global warming trend. I may have sounded a little harsh against those who have bought hybrid cars, drink bottled water, take their kids to practices all week long or who turned their power out for an hour along with other folks in the spirit of helping the environment. Granted, these people might have had good intentions, but in this post I hope to make the case that doing things for the wrong reasons can have devastating impact.

In my first post I pointed out that living frugally and purposefully were oftentimes sufficient means of "saving" the environment, i.e. not trashing the Earth or needlessly wasting resources. Example: I drink only tap water and coffee except juice or soda on rare occasions. My tap water imbibing, sans ice, leaves much less of a carbon "footprint" than buying bottled water (diesel trucked-in), reusing them a bit, then trashing them and buying more bottles.

So what's dangerous with going with the global warming crowd? It's a fun trend, right? By putting junk science as our engine of the train, we've gone off the track into dangerous territory. Consider the impact of biofuels (which use more energy to produce than they give off). According to the U.N.'s data, the increased use of biofuel is contributing to world hunger. We're putting the Earth above mankind! Isn't that foolish? And selfish? And ungodly?? YES!

I know lots of people have bought hybrids, including my preacher. If that is how people want to spend their money, fine. The science isn't there to justify the high cost required to limit carbon exhaust and the savings at the pump doesn't overcome the expense either, but hey, people are free to use their money that way. I have more of a problem with people spending money on biofuels. Corn ethanol is a bad idea for the economy, the environment and humanity.

Rather than making large decisions without scientific backing, Americans should just keep on doing what makes sense. Stop being mindless consumers. Start caring about how much your hard-earned money goes toward energy and petroleum-based products and cut back. Use cold water to rinse dishes. Use cold water to wash your clothes, etc. The things that save you money are the right things to be doing to "save" the enviornment.

As if God needed our help anyway.

"Listen to this, Job: stop and consider God's wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, can you join him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze?" (Job 37 :14-18)

Wow, imagine that. Job and his companions wondering about why the Earth was so hot and the sky seemed to be a big ceiling trapping the heat inside the Earth. Sounds kind of like the fears today, only Job didn't drive a Tahoe! (Can you imagine the rebuff he would have heard if he did?) Should we fear the greenhouse effect?

No, the conclusion they took and what we should take to heart today is that God is in control. "God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding (v. 5)" and "The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. (v. 10)". God created the Earth (Gen.1:1) and he rules it today (Psalm 46).

Have peace in that. Consider our world's sin and that God may yet be preparing to repay evildoers for forsaking Him, but if you're a Christian, take heart.

"May the peoples praise you, O God: may all the peoples praise you.
Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him." Psalm 67: 5-7

Note: Read more about the anti-God aspect of the environmental movement.