The Fire and the Flood

A Biblical Interpretation of Global Warming

I’m not sure that anyone has noticed, but the Biblical forecasts of the Earth being destroyed through the fire and the flood are both coming true due to global warming, something right wing Christian Conservatives claim is not happening. In fact, the man-made fire that is consuming the Earth is causing the flood that is slowly devouring the coastal and riverbank areas where the vast majority of humans live, so you would think that Christian Conservatives would latch onto this connection as part of their ongoing hue and cry that humans must repent their evil ways in order to avoid God’s wrath.

They don’t, so the rest of us have to question why. Possibly, it has something to do with the fact that our evil ways make powerful people lots of money, and those powerful people wrap themselves in the righteous cloth of Christian Conservatism and an American flag whenever it’s convenient to them, and churches, much like everyone else in America, are quick to bow down before their biggest benefactors. Unfortunately, these days, Christianity and Capitalism go hand in hand, even though Christ said the opposite, so if you want to find the root cause of the Christian Right’s denial, you probably just have to, as a reporter once said, “Follow the money.”

We tend to ignore that a sometimes wise man once told us that God’s work on Earth is truly our own. We ignore him, because he was sleazy in his personal life, and that, according to the religious right, allows us to devalue everything a person says. The religious right uses this propaganda technique quite often to condemn anything that disagrees with their preconceived notions, even though it amounts to throwing the baby out with the bathwater, as the old saying goes.

Unfortunately, for Christian Conservatives, John F. Kennedy was correct, despite his disreputable sex life. And his basic principle that what humans do on earth matters works whether you believe in God, or not. God’s work, or our work, it matters not, because you don’t need God, a President, a church, or a house of congress to tell you that you have a responsibility for what you do in this world. And if you do need a God, President, church, or house of congress to tell you that you have some responsibility to your own grandchildren, then you are a sorry individual indeed, and there is no divine heaven waiting for you when you leave this life, especially if you claim to be a follower of a man named Jesus Christ. Remember, Christ said, “Go forth and sin no more,” not, “All right, you’re forgiven. I’ll be here when you do it again.”

This fire and flood is real, according to scientists, and the divine intervention needed to save our grandchildren’s future must come from us as J.F.K. pointed out. Denial isn’t going to work, and is only going to exacerbate the problem, so it’s time for everyone, Christian Conservatives included (after all, Muslim radicals have accepted it), to step up and fix this for our grandchildren. My father’s generation faced a worldwide crisis and made the sacrifice they had to for future generations. Now, it’s our turn, because God, and Nature, have some pretty tough rules, so selective hearing isn’t going to work. Open your ears, Christian Conservatives; God’s calling you out on this one.

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