What Matters, What Lasts, What Is

I was stunned yesterday by reading an article in the New York Times that stated that the our emissions of global warming gasses increased at the greatest amount ever noted in 2010 – climbing by 5.9% over 2009.

Mentioning “Global Warming” in any context is problematic as it seems to instantly engender a debate.  And yet, to be frank, as a die hard moderate who sees both sides of most things, it appears, to my reading that the overwhelming evidence points to dramatic and dark consequences.  Simple logic, for me, follows thus – if I run my car in my garage I endanger my family.   Therefore it stands to reason dangerous gasses put into the atmosphere, are, well, dangerous.

What saddens me is how little attention the issue receives.  Joblessness, European Debt Crisis, Terrorism – those are the biggies.

I think faith gives us that consistent call to consider what matters, what lasts, and what is.  In the fervor to create jobs, to solve all manner of economic problems so economies can continue to grow and living standards expand we often miss a deeper conversation.   I really don’t know of another vehicle that will call us to that deeper conversation than faith.  My hope is that a more settled conversation at least starts soon.  Maybe we will even be part of it.

That conversation would hopefully look to how to bring God’s kingdom to earth, a kingdom of grace, care, and compassion.  And there are parts – costs if you will – to having that conversation.  The “costs” grow when we expand the conversation to the earth because that conversation will bring into question some long held sacred assumptions we have made about how society is organized.  It is a conversation demanding the best of the American entrepreneurial spirit but now applied not in the consumption of resources but the in the growth of deeper resources with which to address more lasting problems – problems that in the the long run matter.   The battle of Global Warming will need to be addressed by the best of science, the best of industry, the best of government, the best of faith … the best of us.  Of course we won’t “want” to do it … and maybe that is part of the point as well.

 

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