Ted Turner, the media mogul famously quoted as saying, “Christianity is a religion for losers,” has decided that the Gulf oil spill is a message from God. If you don’t believe he has found religion, that is understandable; after all, “ I was born again seven times, so one of them is bound to take.” But maybe, just maybe, Ted has finally seen the light.
Turner exemplifies those one might consider to be a battered believer. Someone who has only offered a superficial theology which did not equip them when God disappoints. His younger sister, Mary, died a painful death from lupus despite his prayers. His father was reported to be emotionally abusive, so one can understand his attitudes towards a God who is called ‘Abba’ This examiner’s review of his life and sayings would seem to indicate that the hounds of heaven are still actively pursuing Ted.
But does Ted have this one right? Evangelicals are infamously depicted as uncaring about the environment; cavalier in our eco-colonialism as we were with the subjugation of the West. Admittedly, there are some in the camp who match that description, but the Biblically literate know that we are stewards of the gift of this planet and universe. An earth so breathtaking in majesty and power despite the destruction of the Fall. Hmmm, maybe he has a point.
If this accident had happened on land, there would be ecological repercussions but the damage could have been mitigated a lot quicker and easier. But oil seeps into the ocean naturally at rates that easily match the Exxon Valdez or the Horizon event. Perhaps God is not saying , “Don’t drill offshore “, but rather, “Be careful, it’s the only home you got until I return.”
Hopefully, Ted Turner’s God is not Ted Turner. Hopefully, He is the one who said,
For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God. For the Creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality (not of its own choice, but by the will of Him who so subjected it). Yet there was always the hope that at last the Creation itself would also be set free from the thraldom of decay so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:19-21 MSNT
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