Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled Preparing for Climate Change: Adaptation Polities and Programs. During that hearing, one member of the subcommittee on Energy and the Environment testified that all the preparation for climate change that needs to be done was already accomplished almost two thousand years ago, when the authors of the Book of Matthew in the Christian Bible promised that God would end the Earth.
Congressman John Shimkus declared that the issue of whether climate change is real ought to be settled by theological debate, and gave a sermon to the committee, saying,
I want to start with Genesis 8 verse 21 and 22. “Never again will I curse the ground because of man even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood, and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the Earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation.
The second verse comes from Matthew 24. “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds from one end of the heavens to the other.” The Earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy the Earth. The Earth will not be destroyed by a flood. I appreciate having panelists here who are men of faith, and we can get into the theological discourse of that position, but I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect… There is a theological debate that this is a carbon starved planet, not too much carbon.
(View the video of his sermon.)
If Representative Shimkus really believes that the Bible is the infallible, unchanging, perfect word of God, then I challenge him to stop showing up for work in Congress. He ought to stay at home, naked, and stop worrying about legislation, and getting re-elected, and all of that.
After all, in the gospel of Luke, in God’s perfect Bible, Jesus advises his followers to stop working and not worry about clothes: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
Jesus says you should go be like a raven, Representative Shimkus. So, do it. Go on, now. Shoo.