- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

The following are excerpts from a sermon given recently by the Rev. Robert E. Carl at Christ Our Savior Charismatic Episcopal Church in Chester, Md.

Everywhere you go these days, there is talk about the weather — not that it is a particularly new subject. It has been used as a conversational opening for years, but today’s talk has with it a certain sense of urgency and intensity that is designed to cause alarm and stir one to guilt with action. “An Inconvenient Truth” is a title by itself, which is to say that those who do not want to hear the facts will at least be bothered by them. Inconvenient in such a way as to disrupt our so-called “complacency” toward man’s impact on the course of nature.

The media has taken up the cause with the same intensity that an addict takes up a needle and mainlines it. It is because it is based upon the basic premise that man is the sole determiner of his destiny. These are products of the humanistic infusion of our public-school systems, where people were given just a taste of the stuff in order to make them full-blown dependents on a system whose one goal is to make the world in its image. These fanatical environmentalists have the fervency of a ‘50s tent-meeting evangelist, with all its sensationalism and fear-mongering.

And why shouldn’t they? After all, most of them grew up without a cause and need something to believe in — something to give their life meaning — whereas their parents and teachers grew up in the shadow of the bomb and the wake of the Vietnam War. What do they have to complain about except global warming and the Iraq war?

I grew up in the time of “duck and cover” and marches on Washington. In fact, a good friend of mine actually made the cover of Time magazine with his face pressed against a fence during the May Day march just before it came down from the weight of humanity pressing against him. The prevalent fear of the day gave the same authority to mankind that today’s alarmists are giving it, that man has the power to save both himself and the world with no outside help from God. The responsibility was ours and no one else’s if there was to be peace and love in the world.

When I saw these philosophies fail to produce their lofty ideals, and I saw the world remain intact much the same, neither destroyed nor better, I was disillusioned and ready for an alternative. The alternative came in the form of relationship with the One who was greater than man and all mankind, the One able to control both the wind and the seas with a word. He promised peace and love and demonstrated it through His self-sacrifice for us ungrateful humans.

The disarming factor of the day for the social activist and atheist was the fact that they could control none of the elements of nature. One good thunderstorm would awaken the fear of God in any child, let alone an earthquake or a mountain erupting. These things caused a stumbling among those who declared that man’s destiny was solely based upon himself and his actions.

Now fast-forward to the 21st century, and we have found a way again to disregard any power higher than ourselves through global warming. And like the 20th century, the true motive is the same — not the good of mankind, but the control of mankind, man over the elements, and man over man. The only way to give this agenda prominence is to disavow any naysayers and to humiliate anyone with an opposing view. To give no air to those scientists who question the accuracy of the reports and the method of data gathering and to ultimately empty the churches and shame the believers into silence, obscurity and novelty.

So what is the response of the Christian and Jew to be? Let us recognize sensational alarmism when it comes in any form. Let us not hide our heads in a macabre of eschatological escapism by believing that it doesn’t matter what happens to the world because we are going to leave it behind in the end anyway. But let us react sensibly to the questions that arise. And let us give our voice with all compassion for those who are looking for purpose in life and a cause to live for.

Let us again point to Him with the same intense love and rationality that a relationship with the God of the universe deserves. Because maybe they have failed to see Him who is because we have failed to make Him known. And let us act responsibly as stewards of the Earth, not because it is only up to us, but because we reflect His image, and it is His handiwork.

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