Fear not, my children.

Noah's Ark, oil on canvas painting by Edward Hicks

Noah's Ark, 1846 oil painting by Edward Hicks

“As you sow, so shall you reap.” This Biblical verse seems to be particularly pertinent in today’s world. Unfortunately, a lot of our soon to be congressional “leadership” seems to ignore that particular warning.

Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois officially announced his intention to seek the House Energy and Commerce Committee chair earlier this month. Four Republicans have announced interest in the Energy and Commerce Committee chair: Shimkus, BP-apologist Joe Barton, Tea-Partier Cliff Stearns and Fred Upton–who is being hammered by the others as not being “conservative” enough.

Shimkus is perhaps best know for quoting the Book of Genesis in a House committee meeting in 2009:

“Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.

As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.”

In a recent Politico.com interview, Shimkus stood by his belief that Genesis is proof positive that we don’t have to worry about climate change:

“I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God and I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.”

Perhaps a better Biblical verse for Rep. Shimkus to consider is Isaiah 24:4-6 …

“The earth dries up and withers, the world languished and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth lies under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt.”

The Bible’s a thick book and somewhere in there you can find a passage to support just about anything that you want. But a recurring theme throughout is the importance of stewardship–for the land, for the creatures, and for our brothers. We hope that is the message that our leaders understand.

Juan Cole–Informed Comment: Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says God Promised
Politico: John Shimkus cites Genesis on climate change
Salon.com: And God said to Noah: Don’t fret about global warming
Rep. John Shimkus

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