Friday, October 14, 2011

from A Very Convenient Truth: is this a fight we should get into?

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After fear, the two biggest signs Satan is pulling the strings and God has been left out are failure and confusion 

            We have pointed out already that millions of earnest, well-meaning people have worked hard for decades to find solutions. They've organized recycling programs, promoted consumer boycotts, voted governments in and out and taken other actions to solve the growing problem.   

            Consider the human sacrifice: thousands of people have had their lives turned upside-down for the sake of the environment. They’ve lost their jobs, their homes, their families; industries have shut down or re-tooled and whole communities have been thrown into disarray.   

            For all this, the problem keeps getting worse. Could it be that, for all these good intentions, God is not blessing these actions? Could it be that the whole way of thinking is wrong?  One has to wonder whether this “fight” is even winnable. It’s not even clear what “victory” looks like.
Is the “fight” against global warming/climate change a battle that can ever be won, or is it really, like Sisyphus endlessly pushing that rock up the hill only to have it roll back just when he gets to the top, a version of hell on earth?
As I mentioned a couple of paragraphs back, this may not even be a fight we want to get into, if we remember that Jesus told us there’d be days like these. In laying His cards on the table, God has told us, straight-up, what His plan is. If the “symptoms” of global warming/climate change are really the signs that Jesus foretold of His return, why on earth are we trying to stop them from happening?
That’s mighty dangerous ground; and when it comes to “victory”, Jesus already gave us that in a much greater battle. Like Cain after the Fall, we run the risk of spending our time wrestling against God and His plan, when we should be, like Abel, simply enjoying what He has given us and worshiping Him for it.  
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.
-- Psalm 127:1
Failure is a sign that God is not blessing the actions. 
And then there is confusion. 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
-- I Cor. 14:33
As we’ve seen, there is nothing peaceable about the dialogue.  With what passes for “debate” becoming divisive and increasingly acrimonious, many people, including myself, have been left crying, “What is truth?” 
And that’s actually good news, because when that happens, we're actually on the verge of an answer.

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