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Algore cites Christianity mandates environment issues

The Baptist Press had article this past Thursday about Al Gore’s speech before the Stewardship of the Earth luncheon. The headline was Gore cites political will, claims scriptural mandate on environment issues.

When saw this headline I could not believe it. I said, ‘Arggggh’. Has Algore made global warming really a religion? I know Algore acts like global warming is a religion, but now Algore stakes claims that Christianity mandates it. Could this be true? Has Algore co-oped Christianity now?

At the start of the article, Algore links it as a spiritual issue and used biblical references.

“This is not a political issue,” Gore told a crowd of approximately 2,500 paying attendees. “It is a moral issue. It is an ethical issue. It is a spiritual issue.”

Gore quoted Scripture several times in his speech and repeated his views that increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere are causing a global climate crisis. Gore produced an Academy Award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which also dealt with global climate change and is being shown at the New Baptist Covenant meeting.

But, what biblical reference did Algore used in his speech to support he cause?. The article only mentions one: Luke 12:54-57. The link will take you to the New International Version (NIV), but here is the King James Version:

54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.  55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.  56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Without other references, I do not think that these verses give Algore the mandate he claims. The article did not share the other references, but here is what the article does state,

Gore, citing Luke 12:54-57 for scriptural support, argued that it is dishonest for anyone to claim that global warming is merely a theory rather than a scientific fact.

“The evidence is there,” he said. “The signal is on the mountain. The trumpet has blown. The scientists are screaming from the rooftops. The ice is melting. The land is parched. The seas are rising. The storms are getting stronger. Why do we not judge what is right?

I do not think Algore is theologian by any means nor do I hold him as a credible source for the climate change debate. I really do think he is trying to make the issue into a religion itself. But, what does Luke 12:54-57 say to us as Christians?

I think Matthew Henry Conise Commentary says it best:

Christ would have the people to be as wise in the concerns of their souls as they are in outward affairs. Let them hasten to obtain peace with God before it is too late. If any man has found that God has set himself against him concerning his sins, let him apply to him as God in Christ reconciling the world to himself. While we are alive, we are in the way, and now is our time.

Bottom line: the coming of Christ kingdom. Are we ready for this coming? Probably not. But, Christ did warn us it will come like a thief in the night. So we should be prepared for that day.

So, no matter how loud Algore claims that global warming is our doom, he is just another false prophet. No matter what side you take on this debate, you should ask yourself, ‘are you right with God?’ By faith through God’s grace, I know I will be regardless of what man does to this earth.

As Christians, we should be good stewards of the animals and the land. God command this himself in Genesis. But, we do need to have a proper understanding of all things in our environment in order to do what is right. Because, one action can lead to other consequences which may be far worse.

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