‘Climate despair’ is failure to recognize God’s authority

Climate and evangelicals

Failure to recognize God’s authority

The Washington Post, wraps itself in nonsense (“To fight climate despair, this Christian ecologist says science isn’t enough,” The Washington Post, April 16). Presupposing that vague words are uniformly held in definition, the writer launches into a mishmash of he said, they said and it says.

“Evangelicals” is a loosely held generalization defined only by self-identified people. “Climate change” is a broadly non-scientific term applied to any natural phenomena experienced by mankind also known as weather, bolstered by a miasma of meteorology disclosures of singular and multiple events. Less understood is the definition of “white evangelicals” let alone the philosophy of the Republican Party to which it is said many “evangelicals” subscribe.

Not mentioned is any sole source of truth and authority for mankind. To suppose that man is a “steward” of the world he lives in implies a source of empowerment other than mankind and is commonly referred to as “General Revelation.” Complicating all this nonsense is the referral to the concept of “hope” to which we all like to cling to as if it were the life-buoy of mankind for all that savages us.

Again, the source of truth of this concept is posited as “hope theory” from the discipline of psychology; a man-devised systematic study of human behavior. Man has put us where we are in this “climate”-impacted world and man looks to man for the solution of his pain.

Our authority for our life style lies not in man but in the creator of this world we are living in.

Clearly, our problems reflect our failure to recognize that authority.

Samuel Bess


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