August 16, 2015 Rev. Matt Schultz,
Religion and science both deal in mystery and wonder as we seek to make sense of the vastness of the world. There are times when the scale of the universe is too big. It’s hard to fathom infinity; even a scale such as a hundred years can be difficult to digest.
When faced with the topic of climate change, skepticism was a natural response. There was a time when more studies were appropriate. There was a time when it was reasonable to question if it was human-caused. There was a time when it was understandable to think the effects were so far in the future that it seemed unreal.
That time has passed. What once may have seemed like a far-off, abstract problem is now visible in our daily lives, and the ability to deny it is disappearing as quickly as the glaciers around us.
Recognition of an impending crisis means accepting responsibility to avert it. Ethics vary from religion to religion, but there are some things on which nearly every religion agrees. One is that we are to care for others. Another is that this care is active: It is not sufficient to simply do no harm. We are called to the higher purpose of actively caring for others. If we are aware of impending harm coming to someone, we are duty-bound by the ethics of our religious beliefs to take action to prevent that harm. This ethic of active care binds us together despite the differences in our belief systems.