Ignoring (if you can) the bits about ways the Baptist "Covenant" (I wonder how my cousin, the Southern Baptist pastor, feels about that?) has re-written doctrine (having torn the Anglicans apart, is Satan now trying to drop a cat among the Baptist pigeons?), an intriguing element arises from this new development.
The session was not open to the media. On the one hand, the WSJ writer (the "Taste" Editor? Isn't that like the character in "Doonesbury" who revealed that, when he was sent to Vietnam for Newsweek, he covered sports?) points out that this will keep Al's Biblical "take" on things away from his secular supporters, who might get the wrong impression and think he's a Christian. (That's a joke, son!)
But on the other hand, it keeps Christians from knowing exactly what Scripture Al used to back up his position and holding his arguments up to scrutiny. Left on its own, the view boils down to the following:
- Al Gore is discussing environmental destruction
- Al Gore is using the Bible
- Al Gore obviously has God on his side
Why is that significant? Because in the Bible journey the Lord took me on for A Very Convenient Truth, you'll see a recurring theme: that global warming -- climate change, environmental destruction, whatever -- has nothing to do with GHGs or SUVs or CACs, and everything to do with GOD. Obsessing about the environment -- "Mother Earth" -- takes our focus off God, and we need to re-condition our thinking, so that we get back to obsessing about Him. He promises -- 2 Chr. 7:14 -- to heal the land if we heal our relationship with Him.
This isn't to say, of course, that we burn fuel wantonly and throw out everything without recycling. But it means that, as we draw closer to God, He will show us what we need to do and how we need to do it, and if He sets us on an assignment that might appear, on the surface, to be "environmentally unfriendly" (think Acts 10:14-15), He will bless our actions, so that they are not "common" -- in other words, so that they do not damage the environment.
Mind you, changing our ways to bring our walk back in line with God, and trusting that He will heal the land as a result is a major leap of faith ... and it also doesn't cost money. Billions and billions of dollars have already been invested in "green technologies", and it would be a shame, wouldn't it, if it turned out all that money was wasted because the solution actually lies not on earth but in Heaven?
Rush out now in a buying frenzy and pick up your copy of A Very Convenient Truth - real hope in the face of environmental fears. Send me your contact information via comment on this blog, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I use the simple send-check-or-MO-for-$20-and-I-send-book method of selling: far less chance of identity theft and such nastiness.)