Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
My father, a Lutheran minister, used to say to me, “God gave you a brain, and he expects you to use it.”
As for the biblical justification to ignore global warming because it is the will of God, may I suggest this analogy:
If you believe that God gave you indoor plumbing, he expects you to flush the toilet every time you use it, and he asks that you not stuff plastic bottles down the bowl or foul the water source with oil and chemicals. Lutherans believe in man’s free will. So if you decide not to flush the toilet and you foul the water and clog the drain, it’s not God’s fault or something God wants; the responsibility is yours. And he is not waiting there to give you a grand prize for your lack of effort; he is disappointed in your behavior and he expects better of you. God really doesn’t want you to have a bathroom with an overflowing toilet, but if you need to wade in that stinking mess to learn to respect your environment and the other people who share the use of the bathroom facilities, then so be it. But it really doesn’t have to be that way, because you can learn to flush the toilet and and not foul it all up.
There is scientific evidence that the earth has warmed and cooled to extremes several times. This desert valley we live in used to be an ocean at one time if we look at the fossils that have been left here long ago. Man is only one contributing source to the problem of global warming. Isn’t it more productive to use the brains God gave us to problem-solve the complexities of this issue?
And may I remind you, Jesus wept. I definitely can share his point of view.
Yvonne Esther Johnson