Just yesterday afternoon I got in a conversation with a woman about the mess that the economy is in. Her sentiments are those of the Tea Party although she is not politically active. She is poor but for some reason she identifies with the wealthiest 10 percent because she owns her own home, which is quite modest. She does not get food stamps although I think her income (Social Security) is low enough that she would qualify. She is also very religious. All she does all day is watch preachers on television. Her solution to the economy, global warming, or really any other problem is, "Jesus will come back any day now, so we don't have to worry."<quoted text>
If you are going to use the Bible as your excuse to ignore environmental damage to the planet, you need to reread!
"Genesis 1:26 - Then God said,'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'(NIV)
Leviticus 25:23-24 - The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.(NIV)
Ezekial 34:2-4 - Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them:'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.(NIV)
Isaiah 24:4-6 - The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth's inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.(NIV)
Jeremiah 2:7 - I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.(NIV)
Revelation 11:18 - The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great — and for destroying those who destroy the earth. "
She's not alone either. I hear it all the time. Religious belief that we are living in the "End Times" has become an excuse not to even try to do anything about the world's problems.