Yes, Limbaugh, Christians Can Accept Climate Change
You can learn so much from right-wing radio. For instance, did you know that you can’t believe in God and accept that climate change is happening and is human-caused? At least, that’s what Rush Limbaugh thinks:
“You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create,” he continued. “The vanity! These people — on the one hand, ‘We’re no different than a mouse or a rat.’ If you listen to the animal rights activists, we are the pollutants of this planet. If it weren’t for humanity — the military environmentalist wackos — the Earth would be pristine and wonderful and beautiful, and nobody would see it. According to them we are not as entitled to life on this planet as other creatures because we destroy it. But how can we destroy it when we’re no different from the lowest life forms?”
“And then on the other end, ‘We are so powerful. And we are so impotent — omnipotent that we can destroy — we can’t even stop a rain shower, but we can destroy the climate.’ And how? With barbecue pits and automobiles, particularly SUVs. It’s absurd.”
Fascinating. I had no idea Limbaugh was such a nihilist. I’m interested in hearing his rationale for getting out of bed in the morning. Surely, if God gave us our own lives, then by Limbaugh’s reasoning, we should be able to do nothing to affect it. Maybe we are just God’s puppets, with no will of our own. Am I writing this post because I want to or because God is forcing me to? What is the point of it all?
He is, of course, wildly wrong. There are many Christians who believe in God and human-made climate change. For example, there is a movement within the evangelical community called creation-care. The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good fully accepts the human cause of climate change and argues that Christians have a moral obligation to combat a phenomenon that will hit the poor the hardest. Furthermore, groups like the Evangelical Environmental Network are dedicated to being good stewards of the environment.
That’s not all. A lot of Protestant denominations are recognizing the seriousness of climate change. As reported on Think Progress:
What’s more, scores of religious institutions have responded to our shifting environment in ways that fully acknowledge humanity’s role in creating the crisis. The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have all issued statements or launched initiatives aimed at acting on global warming, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops has an entire section of their website dedicated to combating climate change and its disproportionate impact on the world’s poor.
In addition, a 2012 Pew poll shows that a majority of Catholics and half of white evangelical Protestants accept that climate change is happening and making the weather worse:
Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) religiously unaffiliated Americans, 6-in-10 (60%) Catholics, and half (50%) of white evangelical Protestants agree that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence of global climate change.
That same poll found that a majority of Americans believe that humans have a responsibility, given by God, to take care of the Earth:
A majority (55%) of Americans agree that God gave human beings the task of living responsibly with the animals, plants, and resources of the planet, which are not just for human benefit. Nearly 4-in-10 (38%) Americans disagree, saying that God gave human beings the right to use animals, plans, and all the resources of the planet for human benefit.
Hmmm. It seems as though millions of people have managed to reconcile their belief in God with acceptance of human-caused climate change. Shocking.
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