Cal Thomas, who is humbly the host of 'After Hours with Cal Thomas' on the FOX News Channel.
Do evangelicals have time on their hands because they've finished the mission to "go and make disciples of all nations"? Is this not a great enough commission that "global warming" and a host of other "issues" must be added to make evangelicals contemporary and relevant?
There is no biblical expectation that a "fallen" world can, should or will be improved prior to the return of the One to whom evangelicals are supposed to owe their complete allegiance.
Rev. Ted Haggard, president of NAE, says he has become passionate about the issue because he is a scuba diver (but not a scientist) and has seen how "global warming" affects coral reefs. What about passion for Jesus Christ?
The first description of Satan is that he is "subtle." (Genesis 3:1) Another translation says "crafty." Satan tempts to do what seems good. Liberal churches have long believed in a doctrine of salvation-through-works... It's a subtle, but effective, means of distracting evangelicals from their paramount calling, which is about conversion, not political convictions.
By focusing on the other kingdom, one can have the most influence on this kingdom. By attending mainly to improving this world, one is doomed to futility and can do little for the other one.
So there you have it. Alright, he doesn't come out and say so, but his statements are consistent with a viewpoint of 'global warming is part of the Devil's plan to distract Christians from their mission to convert people'.
It's at this point that I want to say that he's an extremist whackjob, but I can't - not only is he a regular host on the largest news channel in the world (Hello, Mr. Murdoch!), but yes, he's on message with Bush etc. Not getting into that (off-topic). But it's interesting to note he would seemingly disapprove of people feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, etc. Does this guy even fricking read the bible?
Now, I can't be the only one to notice that the culture lag between where I am in the UK and the USA seems to be getting narrower - apparently whatever moral panic/cultural trend/etc. sweeps the US, we get it 10-15 years later. Obesity, gun crime, crack on the streets, television for idiots (Hello, Mr. Murdoch!), etc. But it seems to be getting shorter and shorter - note how our darling media is trying to whip up the abortion debate even though, as largely practical Brits, no-one really cares, unless you make money or publicity out of manufacturing public outrages (Hello, Mr. Murdoch!). And can I say Jerry Springer?
Remember: Cal Thomas preaches that global warming is a distraction trick by Satan. And he's on the US version of Sky News. How long before he & his mates start showing up in force over here, eh?
Millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed - even hastened - as a sign of the coming apocalypse.
A 2002 TIME/CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe that the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation are going to come true. Nearly one-quarter think the Bible predicted the 9/11 attacks. Drive across the country with your radio tuned to the more than 1,600 Christian radio stations or in the motel turn some of the 250 Christian TV stations and you can hear some of this end-time gospel. And you will come to understand why people under the spell of such potent prophecies cannot be expected, as Grist puts it, "to worry about the environment. Why care about the earth when the droughts, floods, famine and pestilence brought by ecological collapse are signs of the apocalypse foretold in the Bible? Why care about global climate change when you and yours will be rescued in the rapture? And why care about converting from oil to solar when the same God who performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes can whip up a few billion barrels of light crude with a word?"