I personally think that Christians should be more concerned about the way we are redefining weather patterns than the concern that people want to redefine marriage in the upcoming referendum.
If I’m going to get my knickers in a twist over an issue that is going to demolish thousands and thousands of years of human understanding it’s going to be climate change and not same sex marriage.That isn’t to say that it isn’t an important issue but I think climate change is a more pressing issue. It’s a more pressing for the common good of more people in my estimation.Scientists have been saying for years that we’ve got years to sort this out.Yet we’re still here.I don’t take it seriously.
People will say that weather patterns have always changed over the history of planet earth. That might be true but did you have 7billion people on planet earth back then? And did they lead the sorts of high energy lifestyle people like we do?
I have read arguments that redefining marriage would wreck one of the fundamental building blocks of society.
Well choosing to do nothing about carbon emissions will wreck climate patterns globally and hit the poorest most. It will hit us as well. Can you harvest potatoes out of fields where is has rained all summer long? Check out the olive oil harvest last summer. Better get used to paying for flood defenses.
It will cause droughts and mean that people will be unable to grow crops to eat. It will mean that children will not grow up in safe, stable family homes because they will have to flee from lands that will no longer produce food to eat. Or perhaps their home will be flooded as storms get more vicious and unpredictable. Unpredictable unstable weather patterns means unpredictable unstable food production.
If you think marriage is important as ‘it provides for the continuation of the human race and the development of human society’ you should be even more concerned about what scientists have been saying for years about climate change. The soil, water, atmosphere is even more important for the continuation of human race. It’s impossible to be human without something to eat or water to drink.
If we care about society not being demolished then we need to do something about this. I was reminded of this by reading what Alan Rusbridger (out going editor of The Guardian) had to say about climate change:-
‘This summer I am stepping down after 20 years of editing the Guardian. Over Christmas I tried to anticipate whether I would have any regrets once I no longer had the leadership of this extraordinary agent of reporting, argument, investigation, questioning and advocacy.
Very few regrets, I thought, except this one: that we had not done justice to this huge, overshadowing, overwhelming issue of how climate change will probably, within the lifetime of our children, cause untold havoc and stress to our species.
So, in the time left to me as editor, I thought I would try to harness the Guardian’s best resources to describe what is happening and what – if we do nothing – is almost certain to occur, a future that one distinguished scientist has termed as “incompatible with any reasonable characterisation of an organised, equitable and civilised global community”.’
I don’t want to have that regret either.