Beware of the political morass

2016-01-06 06:00

CLIMATE change is politics. And politics, as it is defined outside Wikipedia or the Oxford English dictionary, is Shangri-La to the politicians, a labyrinth to the layman and a swamp to the saints.

The saying indicates that one best leaves politics to those who enjoy it the most. Not that we have no right to be upset about these professional spin doctors if we leave them to it. And neither should we, extra-political backbenchers, endorse their ideas and ways if they are despicable. Yet there is a fair chance we will get lost in their maze, or even drown if we do get involved.

The church in particular should be careful of the political morass, especially when it wades into the quagmire that is the discussion on global warming and climate change. Its present preoccupation with climate change is dangerous on two fronts.

Firstly, because it ventures into a secular discussion it is not mandated to hold. It is the church’s core business to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations, to baptise and to make disciples of all nations. Secondly, it joins a debate which is not settled. Right and wrong are still up for grabs, and the biggest mouths may not necessarily be the custodians of the truth, something which should worry all Christians, but in particular church leaders.

ROBERT DE NEEF

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