TIME Magazine Says “Climate is Everything”
TIME magazine ran a recent cover story with the provocative words, “Climate is Everything.” Sounds a little bit like a religious declaration. The author of the article, Justin Worland, writes, “Spurred by alarming science, growing public fury, and a deadly pandemic, government officials, corporate bosses and civil-society leaders are finally waking up to a simple idea whose time has come: climate is everything.”
Climate change and global warming are all the rage for many today. They are the new sacraments of the secular, leftist agenda. Last year Jonathan Franzen wrote an article in The New Yorker entitled, “What If We Stopped Pretending?” He opens his article with these cheery words:
The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it. Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on Earth; massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.
These days we are treated to a regular litany of pessimistic gloom and doom of what is going to happen in the very near future if we do not immediately stop manufacturing, stop driving, stop flying, stop cutting down trees, stop mining, and stop drilling for oil and gas. I find this ironic since many of the gloom and doom prophets live in rather large homes. Case in point is former Vice President Al Gore, who is the grand-daddy of the global warming crowd. In 2017, the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) released a report on Gore’s energy use, entitled “Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.” The report gives the findings of their research into the electricity consumption of the Gore mansion in Tennessee. “The findings were shocking,” the authors write, “Gore’s home guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.”
Reading the recent TIME article reminded me of Paul Ehrlich’s now infamous 1968 book, The Population Bomb. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor Emeritus of Population Studies of the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Ehrlich is also one of America’s foremost eco-prophets of gloom and doom. Ehrlich’s book predicted massive worldwide starvation in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation. His predictions were downright apocalyptic. (BTW, fears of a “population explosion” were widespread in the 1950s and 1960s). Ehrlich has been criticized since publishing his book for its flat-out inaccurate predictions.
Just to be clear, I believe that God calls us to take care of our planet. We are called to be good stewards—period! There can be no excuse for doing foolish and destructive things to our planet. But, I also believe that God has designed our planet to be very resilient. Becky and I love nature and being outdoors; we are passionate walkers, hikers and truly enjoy God’s creation. We were married in (and lived in) Colorado for our first year of marriage! But we also know that the Bible calls us to have dominion over nature and to use our planet’s natural resources to better mankind. AND…human beings are not merely parasites on an extremely fragile blue ball, but are instead wonderful creations, made in the image of God. God has given us an remarkable planet to call home, and it’s not going anywhere until He renews it by fire on the great Day of the Lord!