Of Golden Idols, Covid-19, and 'Climate Change'

Robert Morton26 Jan, 2021 5 Min Read
Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Except Net-Zero.

A Christian friend of mine once offered an observation that explains virtually everything about Leftist behavior, including their reaction to the coronavirus and the foundations of climate-change alarmism. He said, "people who lack faith have a God-shaped void within them."

It's a profound observation and he's absolutely correct. It is exactly why every failed policy that Leftists and Democrats devise are doomed to fail from the outset. It is because, in place of God, Leftists are searching to fill that God-shaped void with badly-formed policy.

Once you understand the profundity of my friend’s statement, you realize why idolatry and false prophets are punished so forcefully by God in the Bible.  Take a look at Exodus 32 and you will see the obvious parallels to contemporary society.

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters  are wearing, and bring them to me.”  So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

Moses had gone up the mountain to talk to God and get the Ten Commandments. He was away for 40 days, and the Israelites panicked. They had faith that Moses would lead them to the promised land because they believed that God had ordained Moses to be the guy. 

So when Moses disappeared, the Israelites suddenly had a God-shaped void inside of them to fill. So Aaron collected everyone's gold, melted it down, and created a golden calf that everyone started to worship.

Verse 25 has different interpretations, but basically the Israelites were running around naked and wild, or "unrestrained" as certain texts read.  Moses has to destroy the golden calf and get everybody back in line.

Not that golden calf.

In this case, it is Leftists who can be compared with the Israelites, perhaps the only time that I would ever dare compare a Democrat to an Israelite. Because Leftists eschew faith, and even outright mock and attack their fellow citizens who are believers, they have nothing at the center of their souls. It is indeed a literal void. Everyone needs some kind of compass to live by.  Judeo-Christian values are that compass, and those values come from God.

Instead, Leftists seek to fill that void with something they can pour their beliefs into, and that's why they routinely fall for false prophets. If there’s a vessel they can fill with some belief, no matter how loony, they will do so.

This is exactly why climate change has become such a pressing issue for the left, separate and apart from the fact that the movement is so well-funded.

Climate-change alarmists replace God with Mother Earth. Rather than serve God, they insist that they are serving Gaia. Those who do not do so are heretics. Note the fundamental difference between the idolatry of the alarmists and the faith of believers in God. Individuals who believe in God rarely attack non-believers, or openly condemn them.  They don't see nonbelievers as the enemy.  Only a tiny minority of believers are such firebrands.

Yet every single climate-change crank is so zealous about his cause that you are indeed considered an enemy, if not outright evil, if you don't subscribe to his particular religion.  Note also how it is that attitude that is projected onto most conservative Christians, which couldn't be further from the truth.  They don’t recognize this inability for acceptance in themselves.  They project it onto Christians.

Christians don't go around parading the fact that they are Christian. They want to share the word of God and hope that individuals will come to the Lord of their own choosing. Climate-change alarmists are experts at virtue-signaling, insisting that the world is going to come to an end in the very near future unless everyone repents and worships their same false idol.

The other problem with false idols is that it's really easy to engage in hypocritical behavior when one places value onto something that is both imaginary and lacking in authenticity.

This Golden Calf.

One of the core tenets of all the major faiths is that to err is human, and that forgiveness is always available. Not only is that something unique and specific to God, but it is also a compassionate attitude to have towards oneself, whether one is a believer or secular .

That's not the case with man-made "climate change." While believers regard confession and self-awareness and reconciliation with themselves and God as a central part of life, climate-change heretics are burnt at the stake. You’re either with them or against them.

Yet at the same time, ask any climate-change alarmist what exactly they are doing to forestall the imminent climate apocalypse, and they'll respond that they are recycling cans and bottles and drive a Prius.

False idols and false prophets are also rotten to the core. That's why they're called "false." There is no set of specific rules or dogmas. It's just whatever makes the believer feel good in the moment. That's why you will see the Left fall over themselves to push their particular political agenda, such as defunding the police, only to reverse that belief when circumstances warrant.

We see the exact same dynamic with the Left's reaction to coronavirus. There is only one true path regarding coronavirus, according to Leftists. The virus will kill everyone, everyone must submit to the most absurd and contradictory restrictions placed on them by the false idol known as "government," and those who do not believe such precautions are necessary – or even worse, violate such restrictions – are considered heretics and evil.

Notice another pattern across climate change, coronavirus, and the golden calf: without the central unifying force of God, the people literally lose their minds. Without a true anchor in the center of their souls, they spin out into hysteria.

“They are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that I may destroy them."

The Israelites were dancing around naked around the golden calf.  Climate-change alarmists don't simply say that it might be a good idea to be better stewards of the earth, but rather that were all going to die in the very near future unless we are "saved" by completely changing our lives to serve Mother Earth.

The same goes for the COVID-19 “Maskholes.”  There is no thoughtful reasoning or rationality surrounding proper risk assessment and data analysis -- only that everyone is going to die and we need to be "saved" by wearing masks and staying far away from each other.  Never mind the consequences to mental health, the economy, and tens of millions of destroyed lives.

Such as the ultimate, long-term danger that the climate-change alarmism presents. In their zeal to protect themselves and everyone else "for their own good,"t hey fail to see what collateral damage may result. That  damage is everywhere, from the California wildfires to EPA overreach that destroys people’s livelihoods.

The Left is right about one thing.  Zealots are dangerous.  The problem is they don’t realize who the zealots actually are.

 

 

Robert Morton is a veteran public policy researcher, analyst, and consultant who has worked on a variety of issues across economics, the sciences, and education.

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One comment on “Of Golden Idols, Covid-19, and 'Climate Change'”

  1. I would add one other observation about the climate zealots, and that is hubris. The idea that mankind can somehow control the temperature of the earth exemplifies the absolute chutzpah involved in the magical thinking that these people engage in. Another example of course is the notion that a human being can change their “gender.”

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