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Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Pope Benedict has announced his resignation.  What you may not have heard is that shortly after his announcement, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was struck twice by lighting!  Check it out:

I can’t quite decide what to make of all the speculation this has generated.  On the one hand, I think its a little sad:  the quite conservative leader of the Roman Catholic Church resigns (something that hasn’t happened since 1415) and all many people can say is “Whoa!  Lightning hit that big church!  God must be ticked!  Ha ha ha!”  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised:  jokes and mockery have replaced intelligent discourse in the world to a frightening degree.

On the other hand, I’m intrigued by how many people who have posted this video or commented on it seem to be genuinely wondering if God actually did strike the Basilica with lightning in order to display His displeasure.  That surprises me.  I mean, sure, back up a couple of hundred years and almost everyone would have assumed that this kind of thing would have signified an act of God, but the naturalistic worldview that supposedly predominates today chalks it up to the Basilica being the tallest building in Rome.  Yet even in this modern, skeptical climate there seems to be a profound desire to find meaning and significance behind things that we’re told should be written off as random natural processes.

I’m not saying God’s actually angry at the Pope for resigning.  I’m just saying it’s very interesting how many people would love that to be true…not necessarily because they’re mad at the Pope or even the Catholic Church (though I’m sure that’s true for some) but because they want God to care enough about our little corner of the cosmos to be happy or angry about what happens here.

It gets lonely out here, hurtling through the chilly dark huddled desperately around an unremarkable star.  We long to know that we’re not alone and we’ll take such assurance wherever we can find it.

Too bad we don’t look for such assurance where it can really be found:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish

but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world

but to save the world through him.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned..

John 3:16-18



Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the current “discussion” about climate change has devolved into nothing but name-calling, ranting and pesonal dispersions. On the one side, there are people who claim that humans have caused global warming and radical steps are needed to curtail the trend. On the other side, there are people who claim the whole thing is a left-wing government conspiracy; not only is global warming not human-caused but it may not even be a real thing…in fact, some say, the earth might be in a cooling period.

To be honest, my primary interest here isn’t whether or not global warming is happening.  What I’m really interested in are the Christian-living aspects of this debate.  See, for some reason, there seem to be an awfully lot of conservative Christians in the “it’s all a hoax” camp.  Some of the most aggressive anti-global warming rhetoric has come from the Christian community and this concerns me.  I’m not concerned because I’m sure global warming is happening (I honestly don’t know what I think at this point…stick around!).  No, I’m concerned because I don’t know why so many Christians are anti-global warming and I suspect that most of them don’t know either.  Is it possible that, at least among evangelical Christians it’s because Christian=Republican and Republican=Anti-Global Warming?  I know it’s an oversimplification, but evangelical Christians tend to be Republicans and Republicans tend to scoff at global warming so is it really that unlikely?

I honestly don’t know if global warming is happening or not.  I’m a Republican, so I’d like them to be right about this, but wanting them to be right and them being right are two different things.

Anyway, I decided recently that I’ve had  enough of all the hype on both sides of this issue and I’m done trying to figure out who’s right, who’s biased (both sides) and what’s actually going on.  Instead, I decided I am going to see what I can do to get to the bottom of this. If you’d like to come along on my little armchair investigation, then you might want to see the first installment of this article series on Whether Or Not the U.S. is Heating Up.  It’s got numbers!  And statistics!  And equivocation!

And maybe, just maybe, it’s a helpful step towards some clarity on this whole thing.

Check out the article here!