Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Biden: "Americans Have Seen the Lord and Now Believe..."

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President Biden told the world leaders meeting in Glasgow this week that things are changing in America.

He said Americans who several years ago weren't sure if climate change was "real" have "seen the Lord" and now believe in climate change.

There could be a grain of truth in that regarding how Americans feel about climate change.

Last week Rasmussen Reports found that "51% of likely voters say climate change is a crisis."

Is it? And does the 51% believe in the globalist response?

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Be informed, not misled.

Join me today on our daily radio program as we talk a little about yesterday's midterm elections, and a bit about this article and the Christian response to climate change.

The "conversion."

President Biden told the world leaders assembled in Glasgow this week, 

"The American people, four or five years ago, weren't sure if climate change---whether it was real. Well, they have, as they say in southern parts of my state, 'seen the Lord'. They've seen what's happened back home, the incredible changes that are taking place. And now they're finally, finally, finally realizing the sense of urgency that you all are."

Continuing in his fake "you all" southern accent, he said, 

"I have to acknowledge to you: That's the next big case that I'm going to have to make at home. They now know there's climate change, and they're ready to step up. But we got to make sure they know that the United States has an obligation to also step up at financing, financing other, other countries that are---have not had the opportunity to do as much damage as we have, and have an opportunity to get much better."

Biden recalled that when addressing the UN General Assembly in September, "I announced that my administration is working with the Congress to quadruple our climate finance support for developing countries by 2024, including a significant increase in support for adaptation efforts."

This led to his presenting his new initiative called the "President's Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience.

The president says his plan will serve as a comprehensive framework to "mobilize the US Government  resources and expertise in support of climate adaptation efforts for more than a half-billion people worldwide."

“'God bless you all,' Mr. Biden said in conclusion, slightly tweaking his traditional speech-closing remarks, 'and may God save the planet'.”

Rasmussen Reports found that 51% of likely voters say climate change is a crisis. Ironically that is the only one of President Biden's top issues that have any majority support among voters. About 40% disagree, while 9% don't know what they think about climate change.

For real...or rhetoric?

Less than 2 months ago--- on September 17, Rolling Stone magazine published a feature article highly critical of Biden, noting that he made promises to the far Left about taking action on "climate crisis" but is not doing what he promised.

They said:

"Biden's insistence that climate crisis is a serious issue requiring urgent action doesn't carry the same weight with advocates as it did when he took office. In the eight months since he promised a 'whole government approach' to warming temperatures, his administration has been unwilling to use all the tools at its disposal to disrupt the ongoing production of fossil fuels."

So while the Left is demanding more---much more climate action and not so much talk from the president, it appears the president may have a point that Rasmussen confirmed in their most recent survey.

"Climate" is first and foremost in the mind of the radical Left a "tool" to advance a social agenda---in this case, globalism. And socialism with a forced redistribution of wealth.

A biblical response to climate change.

God's Word is the beginning and end of everything. Including climate change. The biblical  Christian looks to Scripture and lines up our emotions with God's Word. How can we then be driven by fear, dread, and anxiety?

Here are four things to remember regarding climate change. And life itself.

1. God is ultimately in control. 

Scripture is clear that God is sovereign over everything (Psalm 115:3), including the weather (Psalm 148:8). We certainly can impact the environment, and we do, but we are not the be-all, end-all of what happens on earth because God is in control. We are called to "stewards"---have "dominion" over Creation, but throughout Scripture, we see the balance of man's responsibility and God's sovereignty. They are not mutually exclusive, we are, as Paul noted, co-laborers with God (Genesis 1:28).

God is glorified when we show the same care for and delight in His Creation as He does.

2. God has commanded us not to be afraid about 365 times in Scripture.

We live in a day of "fake news", click-bait headlines, and politically driven decisions that the media is obsessed with presenting as the only option to stave off the impending doomsday. Things are most often not as they appear.

The media nearly always presents the radical Left climate agenda as based on a "large consensus of scientists," however, there is a large group of scientists who have a very different view of temperature change on earth---and they do not see it as man-caused.

When the media drives us to anxiety and fear, the biblical Christian will pause and remember that God is in control. We are His co-laborers.

3. God has promised that the seasons will continue.

After the flood, God made a promise to Noah and his descendants---we would be included with those descendants: "While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease" (Genesis 8:22).

According to God's Word seasons will continue to be able to grow food. Will the climate change? Absolutely. It has in the past and it will in the future. It could be that some regions would become less productive, while other regions could become more productive. But even as the climate changes, we know based on God's Word that predictable seasons will continue, even within the context of change until the end and Christ's return. Ultimately, God's Word tells us, "heaven and earth will pass away," while God's Word will not.

4. The importance of human life.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God Himself. Unique above all other creatures.

The Bible is clear that His people are to be "people" oriented in what they do. Much, not all, but much of what the nations of the world---our own president included, is proposing as "fighting climate change" is actually adding to the misery of those most affected.

For example, one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty---which the just-concluded climate change conference seemed focused on---is to provide access to inexpensive energy. But with the global push for only "renewal" energy, energy costs have soared in the past few months, which has a direct negative impact on the very people the climate alarmists claim to be trying to help.

Biden himself said the US wants to help the poorest people on earth deal with climate change by sending billions of dollars to these poorest countries. While that may feel good, it is not effective. 

I've worked among the poorest people of the poorest, darkest countries of the world in Christian missionary efforts. Most cash flowing into the country flows to the dictators, overlords, and corrupt politicians---not to the people who need it.

Trusted Christian agencies are far more effective.

The one thing that has lifted more people out of darkness and poverty is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Where Christianity is embraced, every aspect of a culture is lifted. The Gospel changes hearts---changed hearts, change other hearts with the message of the Gospel, and that changes a culture.

Recognizing every person is created in the image of God, Christians, not governments, have led to the abolition of slavery in England and the United States, Christians built our churches, our schools, orphanages, hospitals, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens.

But most importantly, we have preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the only way to God, forgiveness, restoration, and eternal life with Him.

So before we head for the hills to live off-grid in an effort to save the world and save ourselves, what about sharing the Gospel with someone who does not know Christ personally---and change everything, at least for them.

Be Informed. Be Engaged. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.