April 14, 2011 by Ron Madson
“Global warming is malarkey…the idea that we human beings have any power over nature is absolute absurdity.” Rush Limbaugh Show, 9/9/2004
It is high time that we expose the lunatic fringe environmentalists in our nation who have the belief that nature can be affected by our exercising our right to consume the bounty of this world that God has given us as his chosen nation. Some of these wackos claim that our fast food chains result in intensive demand for meat which in turn leads to deforestation. Our children can’t even enjoy their Happy Meal without guilt! They claim we are polluting our atmosphere leading to global warming and consequential flooding—but I ask have they ever watched ice in a glass melt? Has anyone ever seen it rise and spill over the glass? They have the arrogance to actually believe that our ever accelerating consumerism such as spending more on such things as cosmetics (or pet food, perfumes, X boxes, etc) each year in the U.S. then most third world nations do on food consumption leads to depletion of “limited” natural resources and pollutions at an irreversible rate. Then socialist organizations like the World Health Organization make irresponsible claims that 3 million people are killed worldwide annually from outdoor air pollution. Yet can they produce even one certified death certificate stating the cause of death being “outdoor air pollution”? Then there is the offshore oil drilling leading to oil spills. Everyone was in a panic during the Gulf of Mexico “disaster” but there has not been even one cruise ship cancellation since the spill, and as one leading expert informed us: “The ocean will take care of this on its own. It’s (the oil) as natural as the ocean water is.” Then there is the whole extinction of species thing. What is a few species lost compared to the tens of millions that remain?
It is incredibly arrogant for us puny little humans to think that we can destroy the ozone, deplete natural resources, pollute massive oceans, and harm the plant and animal kingdoms. To believe that our acts of consumerism or mismanagement could affect nature is like making claims that a BB gun could take down an elephant. All I can say after reviewing all the evidence is that for environmentalists and social progressives to even suggest that us humans and our behavior affects nature is just illogical. And yet they have no hesitation in saying the craziest things to promote their agenda.
Fortunately, some of the wisest among us who have pointed out the foolishness of even considering that we can affect nature through consumption, drilling and pollutions, have been able to tell us what we do that REALLY causes nature to harm us: Hurricane Katrina—abortions and too many not believing in God; Indonesian Tsunami—clearly this was caused by their bad behavior because nearly every faith had cited several reasons why God chose to destroy 250,000 people all at once: Christian leaders claimed it was to punish “pleasure seekers”; those who “broke the Sabbath”; “tourists having unlawful sex”; and the Indonesian’s failure to convert to Christianity; while an official statement from a leading Muslim Inman recognized the failure of the Muslim communities there to “pray five times a day” as bringing up that nation God’s wrath. And while God may be slow at times in sending a message through natural disasters, he does not forget— we learned from Pat Robertson that the devastating earthquake in Haiti was connected to a “pact with the devil” that the Haitians made in the 1800s when they revolted against the French colonialism. So how could we also not see God’s hand in the Japanese Tsunami? Glenn Beck, global warming debunker, morality savant, and one having the common sense to know that we humans cannot through consumption or pollutions affect the planet, knew that there was a connection between the Japanese tsunami and what he called the “stuff we’re doing.” He articulated the causation of the tsunami so clearly, that we need to cite his very words:
“Whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent and that is, “Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.”
Brilliant! Now, the Japanese just need to take careful note of the “stuff we’re doing” and once “we” stop doing “some of it” then they can avoid the next disaster—they or whoever else God wants to punish in order to send “us” a message. And if God is not sure we are hearing his message of “love and warning” through other means, he sends the “voice of waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds” so that we and those who lost their children or are dying of radiation can be sure to know of God’s “love” and goodness. (Elder Holland, General Conference, April, 2011).
Now knowing that it is God that orchestrates natural disasters what have the leading God experts taught are the principles that govern natural disasters?
First, that it is sin—my sins, your sins, their sins, someone or some collective sins that causes natural disasters;
Second, that to keep us all on our toes and good behavior, God does not tell us “who” he is going to punish, when He is going to strike, or for what specific reasons. Then when the disaster comes we are not really sure whether it is all, some or even only a few of the persons being crushed, mutilated, swept out to sea that were the sinners OR if it is God’s purpose to target innocent men, women and children’s to serve as a warning to the sinners who caused the disaster that “they” need to repent? So it is like a roulette wheel where someone or some subset of people’s sins have spun the wheel, but where the little “disaster” ball lands no one knows. But when it does we are required to make the connections to whatever sins we can identify—mostly in “others.” And to make it even more interesting the spun ball can bounce and land in the most unexpected places as when Jerry Falwell and his church saw a hurricane heading for Orlando and easily connected it to a previous Gay Day at Disney World only to have the hurricane suddenly shift and hit Falwell’s hometown church in Virginia—of course still being an effective warning to the all the gays in Orlando to cut it out.
And third, while it is seldom clear, if at all, before the fact what specific sins caused the natural disaster, that is the spiritual genius of God’s plan because then we can identify each and every sin as “the” causative factor—a school board in Kentucky allowing “Catcher in the Rye” to remain in their library and you get a tornado in Topeka; banning the Ten Commandment plaque in Alabama and you get a Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico; not enough Japanese converting from Buddhism to Christianity and you get a really big tsunami. Fortunately, we have the oracles that can readily connect the disaster to not listening to God in some respect, even though the same oracles themselves either did not hear, before the fact, any voice telling them to warn anyone of the impending disaster, or they thought it best to keep it a secret until after the fact in order for the disaster to have its’ maximum affect in sending us a message.
How can I apply this for myself and my family? My mother used to tell us kids, “Now eat all your food—there are starving children in India.” I couldn’t make the connection before logically, but now it all makes sense. If I did not stuff every morsel of food on my plate, that somehow my ingratitude had a direct correlation to God sending locusts or droughts to India to keep those children in starvation to send me (the center of the universe) a message to quit being ungrateful. However, from what I hear the children of India are not starving like they used to as we have obviously done our part in having our nation’s children clean their plate and still have room for two desserts. So now what? Identify the sin(s) of your children, neighbors, community, or even your nation (commission or omission) and when you see a disaster of biblical proportions proclaim in all soberness that that particular sin has caused God to bury those school children in some far away place under a suffocating rubble to send a message of “love and warning” to do our Home Teaching or the Spanish Fork 41st ward deacons to quit looking at that playboy magazine they found—or whatever “stuff they are doing.”
So the next time you hear some wild-eyed tree-hugging environmentalist tell you that our expanding waistlines and the our nation’s ever expanding consumption of the world’s resources affects in any way nature, tell them that such talk is patently absurd, and that it is sins—bad thoughts, evil words, non-beliefs, drinking coffee, cheating on a test, gays wanting to get married, not attending your meetings, and/or any sin you can think of at the time that is causing nature to become disruptive and even deadly. Now that is not “crazy talk” but a sound understanding of how natural disasters are set in motion.