It is clear that “America’s Pastor” twists scriptures. And if you have access to an internet search engine and a basic knowledge of the Bible, you’ll know what I mean. However, in his April 25, 2010, blog post, David Forsmark advances the position that Rick Warren is just naïve – not leftwing.
To me that sounds too generous. Forsmark states:
In his column about Evangelicals urging talks with North Korea, “forensic Protestant” Ben-Peter Terpstra zeroed in on some of the correct reasons to argue with Mega-Pastor/Author Rick Warren. However, he accused Warren of “twisting scripture,” but then proceeded to counter Warren with the vaguest of Biblical paraphrases—but no actual scripture.
Show me the verses!
For the record, I wasn’t writing a dissertation. Nevertheless, here is one example from the Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action statement signed by Rick Warren:
Christians, noting the fact [?] that most of the climate change problem is human induced, are reminded that when God made humanity he commissioned us to exercise stewardship over the earth and its creatures. Climate change is the latest evidence of our failure to exercise proper stewardship, and constitutes a critical opportunity for us to do better (Gen. 1:26-28).
It is laughable that pre-industrial climate changes documented in the Bible are ritually hidden by pastors like Rick Warren. Even secular historians have written about a good many pre-industrial climate changes, from global warming to global cooling during the “Bible Ages.” Therefore, blaming temperature changes on Burger King is shameful.
I also notice that Rick Warren’s statement refers to the scandal-ridden Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as an authoritative source, to make a point about leftwing fundamentalist values and one-world groupthink. But to misuse the Book of Genesis (1:26-28) borders on the bizarre:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
And from these foundation verses Warren builds a climate change theology? In truth, Judeo-Christian man has always recognised that we have dominion over nature. After all, Jesus, the pro-development carpenter, didn’t have a problem with big fishing, according to my Bible. But twist a scripture and you can ignore the Little Ice Age (1300AD-1850AD). Twist a scripture and you can bury the Medieval Warming (900AD-1300AD). Twist a scripture and you can ignore the Dark Ages (535AD-900AD). Twist a scripture to skip the Roman Warming (500BC-535AD). Twist a scripture to camouflage the Egyptian Cooling (8,500-8,000bp). Just compromise and twist to impress the cap-and-tax United Nations.
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.