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Meditation 1013
Not using fossil fuels called an insult to God

by: John Tyrrell

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There is an element[1] in the conservative Christian movement in the USA that knows for certain that God put a finite number of resources on the Earth for mankind to use, and it is our duty to completely use them all up before Armageddon.

Bryan Fischer, the director of issues analysis of the American Family Association seems to be a member of this faction. In a discussion with Calvin Beisner, a climate change denier, Fischer suggested that not using all the oil, coal and natural gas in the ground would hurt God's feelings. He compared it to rejecting an unwanted birthday gift, saying

And you think, that’s kind of how we’re treating God when he’s given us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources. And we don’t thank him for it and we don’t use it.

You know, God has buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them.

Strangely enough, Fischer and those who think like him see no problem in rejecting renewable energy sources that (according to their theology) God also has given us in abundance. He makes no suggestion that we should consider finding ways to make maximum use of solar, wind, and tidal power to avoid insulting God.

Of course, as far as these Christians are concerned, use of renewable energy would delay their hoped for Armageddon. They want to hasten it. Because they know that's what God wants.


  1. I was going to say school of thought rather than element, but that insults both the word school, and the word thought.