When I came to faith as a 16-year-old drug-using, hippie rock drummer, I was told that Jesus was returning very soon. The end of the world was near. Very near. Today, there is a new religious narrative, especially among young people, with a new “end of the world” scenario. But this one is depressing and grim, with nothing redemptive about it.
I’m talking about the new religion of manmade global warning.
It has its unique gods (like Mother Earth).
It deifies the created world (with seminarians confessing to plants in a chapel service).
It has its high priests and religious leaders (the climate change gurus and radical environmentalists).
It has its patron saints (like Sweden’s Greta Thunberg).
And it has its own doomsday scenario: The end of the world is near. Very near.
To be clear, I do not have the credentials to comment on scientific questions related to global warming.
But I do have the credentials to comment on the effect that environmental activists are having on our culture, especially the younger generation.
An Australian website offers counsel to help people (especially young people) deal with stress and anxiety related to climate change. It notes that, “There are lots of reasons why young people might feel stressed about climate change.”
These reasons include: 1) They feel like planning for the future is hopeless. 2) They are angry that the people around them aren’t doing anything to help. 3) They are frustrated that there’s nothing they can do now to change things. 4) They are worried about whether it’s responsible to have children. 5) They feel like everything is out of their control.
A May 2 headline on Science News for Students states, “Climate change poses mental health risks to children and teens.”
And a September 19 article on Conversation.com warned that, “Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety.”
In fact, as far back as 2016, the American Psychological Association (APA) claimed that, “Climate change is threatening mental health. A federal report that tapped psychologists’ expertise outlines the ways climate change affects us all.”
But herein lies the rub. It is not “climate change” that is “threatening mental health.” It is the apocalyptic way it is being reported that is threatening mental health.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown