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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!

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I was talking to a woman at church today who said that she’d been asking God “why” a lot lately and didn’t feel like He was saying much of anything. I think most of us have been at that place at least once in our lives. I’ve been thinking about it a lot this afternoon, though, and at the risk of sounding a little callous, I think I know at least two reasons why God doesn’t say why all that much.

1. “Why?” is often an expression of dissatistfaction rather than a request for enlightenment. Think about when children ask “why?” Sometimes they really want to know why, but sometimes the question is just a way of expressing displeasure and of pushing back in hopes that mom or dad will change their minds. I’m not saying it’s always that way with kids or that it’s always that way when we ask God “why?” as adults, but sometimes it is. And even the best parents sometimes end up saying “because I told you so” when they understand that the question isn’t really a plea for illumination but rather an expression of mistrust.

2. “Why?” is never as good a question as “What?” One thing I’ve learned in my 20+ years walking with God is that when I stop asking God why something happened and start asking God what He is doing in something, I’m much more likely to get a clear answer. I think it’s because “what?” takes our eyes off the circumstances themselves in a way that “why?” never can.