It’s all over the news again: that super-divisive topic of Global Warming. This week, evidence was presented that showed that there had been no warming since 1895. And the Snowpocalypse has not helped prove Global warming either. Then again, there are those claiming large snowfalls DO prove Global Warming. So, the deniers are in full swing and, as a result, Scientists and pundits and lobbyists are fighting again about whether or not humans are responsible.
Al Gore, in what I view as a last ditch effort to prove his point, is claiming that “We can’t wish away climate change.” And then he says that we have to stop it.
I remember back when I wrote on the topic, and claimed the same things. It was our responsibility to stop it cuz we started it cuz of our over-dependence on fossil fuels. As time has gone on, though, I have come to two conclusions:
1) People are responsible for global climate change, but not in the manner that the lobbyists say we are. I feel this way for theological reasons. According to the Bible,
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:20-21 TNIV)
According to the Genesis account of the fall of humankind, it is groaning because of our disobedience to God’s command. Humans are responsible for global warming, but not because we like oil too much.
2) We can’t fix it. It doesn’t matter if we exchange paper money for carbon currency. It doesn’t matter if we all start driving electric cars and riding bikes. It doesn’t matter if we build a biodome over all of our communities. The only person who can stop it is natural processes directed by the hand of God. And this will not happen until the whole earth has heard the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
But this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to be better caretakers. It is true that we probably over-consume fossil fuels. It is true that we are a wasteful species. It is true that we don’t take care of our bodies or our fellow man very well. These are the things that we can fix, and indeed should. But our motive, especially as Christians, should be something more. We should fulfill our calling to care for the earth out of an irresistible desire to glorify God. What drives us to do anything should be our chief end: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
So, humans are responsible for Global Warming, but ultimately it is God who is the only One who can fix it. But, until He does, we should seek to live in such a way that leaves as little damage in our wakes as possible. After all, it’s what we are called to do.