Friday, March 9, 2007

It's getting hot in here . . .

Now, I don't know if this will generate as vigorous a response as the Crocs post (who knew!?) but I wanted to flag up some comments about global warming by Sojourners editor Jim Wallis on his blog. Ninny kindly forwarded me the Sojo e-zine that had the following excerpts from Wallis' blog where he took on champion of American evangelicals Dr James Dobson regarding climate change (apart from those warm fuzzy memories of Adventures in Odyssey I am decidedly not a fan of the good doctor!)

Dobson and company recently criticised the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals for saying that global warming should be a moral issue for evangelicals accusing them of '. . . using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time, notably the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage and the teaching of sexual abstinence and morality to our children.'

Oh brother. Thankfully Wallis proceded to challenge Dobson to an open debate on the issue with these very good questions, 'That is indeed the key criticism, and the foundation for the real debate. Is the fact that 30,000 children will die globally today, and everyday, from needless hunger and disease a great moral issue for evangelical Christians? How about the reality of 3 billion of God’s children living on less than $2 per day? And isn’t the still-widespread and needless poverty in our own country, the richest nation in the world, a moral scandal? What about pandemics like HIV/AIDS that wipe out whole generations and countries, or the sex trafficking of massive numbers of women and children? Should genocide in Darfur be a moral issue for Christians? And what about disastrous wars like Iraq? And then there is, of course, the issue that got Dobson and his allies so agitated. If the scientific consensus is right - climate change is real, is caused substantially by human activity, and could result in hundreds of thousands of deaths - then isn’t that also a great moral issue? Could global warming actually be alarming evidence of human tinkering with God’s creation?'

On a side note, we are continuing to work our way through Living God's Politics, the study guide to God's Politics in our home group and I think everyone involved would highly recommend the resource. The book has prompted some very good conversation and lots of brainstorming about ideas for concrete action in response.

But back to global warming, a friend at work today was telling me about a new British documentary that contends that global warming is not caused by human activity at all but rather that the sun is simply heating up. As my other friend exclaimed, 'So it doesn't matter what the hell we do!' Great. Let's just say I won't be watching . . .

3 comments:

Andi and Demi said...

You must go to this link and scroll down to Oct 18, 2006 and watch this clip re: the croc debate. http://www.cbc.ca/22minutes/video.html

(only one other comment: my mum loves hers!) Andi

The Loeppkys said...

Julie keep the great and interesting posts coming!

I have to respond to "oldman" as I have been out of town and just now read his comment responding to my comment about crocs. As a matter of fact I do know what blight means and just so everyone else knows too here is the definition from answers.com:

-An extremely adverse environmental condition, such as air pollution.
-Something that impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity.
-To have a deleterious effect on; ruin.

And I think this word most definitely applies. At any rate, thanks to the anonymous poster who stuck up for me!

Julie - I remember Adventures in Odysseey fondly too! Such a nice Christian cartoon.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Adventures in Odysseey an audio series?