In 1992, candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore attempted to enlist God in their campaign by invoking what sounded like Scripture.
In his turn, Bill Clinton rewrote 2nd Corinthians 2:9: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
In the Clinton version, God is a liberal construction foreman: “As it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, the THINGS THAT WE CAN BUILD.”
When it was Al Gore’s turn, he also quoted something that sounded like Scripture: “In the words of the Bible, “Do not lose heart, this nation will be renewed.”
At least in Clinton’s case, one could tell which Scripture was being mangled. Gore made his up out of whole cloth.
I found it fascinating then, (and still do today), that not one single member of the audience or member of the press noticed that the Clinton-Gore team was rewriting Scripture in order to co-opt God into their political campaign.
Nobody noticed that God didn’t really say anything about what ‘we can build’ or that the ‘words of the Bible’ quoted by Al Gore were made up by Al Gore.
Back in ’92, Al was still racking up the sales of his eminently unreadable ‘Earth in the Balance’ in which Gore declared himself to be a fundamentalist Christian before going on to advance some of the craziest Eastern mystic and pagan-environmentalist claptrap ever committed to paper.
(Gore devoted an entire chapter to explaining the ‘Gaia complex’ — pagan earth worship in which Gaia is the ‘earth mother’ of mankind.
After declaring himself a Bible-believing fundamentalist, Gore went on to reject creationism and advance Darwinism. Gore asks rhetorically, “Is it a coincidence that human beings have the same chemical composition as the earth?” — before explaining it was because we all evolved from sea creatures, rather than the fact God formed man from ‘the dust of the earth’ as the Scriptures teach.
To Al Gore, God was a liberal then, and He’s moved quite a bit to the Left since.
Nearly two decades later, Gore is still crusading to protect the Earth Mother from the ravages of human civilization, invoking God and Scripture when convenient, while rewriting inconvenient Scripture passages as necessary.
I found it particularly ironic in light of the theme of his speech, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
“Every faith tradition has teachings that are directly on point [to climate change],” Gore told the packed audience of liberal environmentalists. To prove it, Gore invented another ‘convenient truth’– this time, rewriting Genesis and Revelation to prove that God is on Gore’s side.
“The Book of Revelation [says] God will destroy those who destroy his creation,” Gore told the crowd.
Of course, the Book of the Revelation says nothing of the kind. The Book of the Revelation outlines God’s judgement poured out against the earth and its inhabitants for unrepentant sin and for rejecting His gift of pardon.
In Gore’s version, God’s judgement is poured out against polluters. But his audience not only never noticed, they roared with laughter when Gore added, “Whatever works.”
In the Gospel According to Al Gore, “Noah was commanded to preserve biodiversity” before noting that man — and not God — “is the most powerful force in nature, now.”
“We are literally changing the relationship between the Earth and the Sun,” he said. “It has the capacity to bring civilization itself to a dead halt.”
Lawrence Bender, the director of Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” said during a two-hour panel discussion that, thanks to Gore’s religious instruction, “I have become evangelical basically.”
It is worth noting that the members of the discussion panel did not include any scientists that are skeptical about global warming — they were true believers all.
(It is also worth noting that the event was sponsored by a $250,000.00 grant from Teresa Heinz-Kerry.)
Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” was aptly named — whenever the truth was inconvenient, it was rewritten and reworked until it was.
The Gospel according to Al Gore says that the earth is warming because of man’s ecological insensitivity.
The Gospel according to Luke forecasts something similar, but it isn’t because of man’s insensitivity to the ecology. It’s because of mankind’s insensitivity to sin. It is also a warning of the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Man can’t stop it, because, despite the Gospel according to Gore, man is not the ‘most powerful force in nature’.
But Al Gore’s speech, despite his mangling of Scripture and blending of New Age theology to create a new kind of evangelicalism, is another confirmation of the signs of the times.
In the Gospel according to Luke, no less an authority than Jesus Christ warned that, just before His return;
“… there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
According to the Gore Gospel, all that is true, but man caused it, and man can fix it.
According to Luke’s Gospel, “when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:26-28)
Jesus’ explanation makes more sense. But then He isn’t running for office.