The subject line on an email message I just got from the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice program is too clever by half. It reads:
Christ is Risen! So the Temperature Shouldn’t Have To!
Nothing like hijacking the most important truth of the Christian faith to support your phony-baloney political agenda. This is how the email proceeds:
The promise of Easter is simple. Sin and death have been conquered. For people of faith, this reality is a call to action. We are called to choose life, accepting God’s grace and responding with love and mercy to the entirety of God’s Creation.
Sin and death have been conquered–therefore, we’re called to the God-like task of controlling the climate and repealing the natural cycle of atmospheric change, using a combination of trivial individual actions and enormously expanded government control over our lives, all because we believe in the Panglossian idea that the current climate is the best of all possible climates. If you get the connection between those two things, please explain it to me. I don’t get it.
Click here to find out how you can faithfully work to limit the impacts of climate change, by reducing your carbon emissions, encouraging your elected officials to seek sustainable and just solutions to climate change, and educating your friends and neighbors, all while praising God for Creation.
How should you go about Saving the Planet™ in your own home? According to the link above, you should 1) use CFL bulbs, which while more energy-efficient also require a HazMat team to dispose of if you ever break them; 3) adjusting your thermostat, which many people have been doing since the 1970s anyway; and 3) install low-flow showerheads and faucets. If these actions were done by tens of millions of households in the United States, the impact on the climate would be inconsequential, but we’d feel better about ourselves.
The impacts of climate change on God’s people and God’s Creation are staggering; loss of biodiversity and habitat, drought, famine, the spread of disease and death all of which impact those living in poverty first and worst. But hear the Good News, “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord, your Labor is not in vain.” 1st Corinthians 15: 54 and 58
In listing the “impacts” above, they forgot dogs and cats living together, but you get the point. Real wrath of God stuff, the problem being that their apocalypticism doesn’t have much in the way of evidence behind it, nor does it take into account the adaptibility of the biosphere (for instance, if climate changes, animals, being smarter than many humans, will migrate so as to find a suitable habitat). But none of that matters in the new religion, where the only thing that’s important is taking control of people’s lives and getting them to live according to environmental orthodoxy. And if that means misappropriating even the Resurrection of Christ, so be it.