A person I haven’t seen in 20 years, but who asked to be my “friend” on Facebook recently, posted the above today.
I understand why oilmen, coal magnates, and their paid politicians would say this (because “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” I Timothy 6:10), but I don’t understand why anyone else would say it.
Let’s think about the mental hurdles you have to leap here:
1. It’s really cold here, today, which means thousands of thermometers around the globe aren’t measuring correctly, or thousands of climate scientists are incorrectly interpreting the data, or the majority of these scientists are just flat-out lying to us.
2. Scientists don’t agree with my largely uninformed opinion, so they are now “so-called scientists”.
It reminds me of the sarcastic Twitter meme:
And perhaps worst of all, at least for the reputation of religious people everywhere:
3. “God is in control of the weather!!”
This echoes Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), who said in his book that humanity can’t possibly affect the climate because God controls it: “My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”
Okay, so the logic is: God doesn’t allow our actions to have consequences. Think about it; that’s what Inhofe is saying. It doesn’t matter how many particles of heat-trapping gases we puff into the atmosphere, God will keep the Earth’s climate from changing.
By the same logic, God is in control of rivers and groundwater, so it’s okay to dump all the crap you want into them. God controls your health, so there’s no need to watch what you eat or ever visit a doctor. God controls species extinction, so it doesn’t matter what you hunt or why, how how many shopping malls we build in animals’ habitats. God controls people’s brains, so there’s no need for education.
If our actions cannot possibly have consequences because “God is in control”, then why did God issue the Ten Commandments? Just for fun? Go ahead, pick up a weapon and head for your fellow churchman; comfort him by reminding him that God is in control.
(Most) religious people don’t accept that flawed logic in other parts of their lives, but they’re accepting it when it comes to climate change.
Scripture is very fat with the theme that actions have consequences — not only in the spiritual world and afterlife — but here and now in the physical world.