Walking through a London train station yesterday I had to weave my way through hundreds of protestors. Their favourite placard seemed to be this one:
photo from here
The message reads: Our climate is in our hands. And at least 20 000 gathered in the capital to remind us of this: we've got the whole world in our hands.
Maybe it's coincidence but it's pretty close to a Guardian headline this week that said, regarding Copenhagen, "Our destiny is still in our hands."
Wouldn't we love that to be true!? How we long to be this world's solution! And therefore, however costly it might be, we are eager to cast ourselves as the problem. (See this former post entitled 'Anthropogenic')
The cost we seem willing to pay to keep ourselves at the centre beggars belief. The Spectator reports the cost of making good on pledges agreed at the G8 summit:
A high global CO2 tax starting at $68 could reduce the world economic output by a staggering 13% in 2100 - the equivalent of $40 trillion a year. That is to say, it would cost 50 times the expected damage of global warming. (Bjorn Lomborg, The Spectator, 5/12/09)
But hey - that's the price you pay when you take your destiny into your hands. And you pay it willingly and with self-righteous zeal. Because you are coming of age. To this you were born. We are the ones we've been waiting for, and all that.
But Christmas tells a different story. He is the One we were waiting for. And the government is upon His shoulders. (Isaiah 9:2-7).
Yet whenever we turn from Him we become slaves to the devil's lie: 'Be like God'. And the result is a captivity to fear and an incessant struggle to make the world work. We end up as slaves and we willingly pay for the honour. Eventually in blood. But no cost is too dear in order to secure our own messianic delusion.
I don't know about the science involved here. But if you ever wonder whether a skeptic's approach to the debate could account for the so-called scientific consensus on warming or why people would be willing to pay so much if it's unnecessary - I think the gospel has ready answers for this.