Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ignoring the Obvious

There is a famous phrase used in conversation to refer to something obvious that is being ignored. When employed the user makes reference to the “elephant in the room.” This refers to when people are having a discussion and are ignoring something that is the last thing they should ignore. After all, how could you have a discussion in a room with an elephant present without noticing and/or dealing with the animal? Unfortunately, this is not just a phenomenon of small and/or private conversations. It is also common in large, public ones as well.

For example, in the past several weeks, a group of 74 "climate scientists" (also known as religious doomsday prophets) found themselves in a bit of a dilemma concerning their recent quest for evidence supporting their religion. By the way, we have to ask, if what they preach is not based on faith, why are they still seeking evidence? I digress. This team from Australia’s University of New South Wales, led by Professor Chris Turney, journeyed aboard the ship, MV Akademic Shokalskiy, to the Antarctic for the expressed purpose of observing the effects of global warming. After all, these zealots fully prophesy that our evil ways will result in the apocalyptic melting of the Polar ice caps. However, instead of finding the evidence they sought, they found the opposite resulting in their own peril. In fact, their ship got irreversibly trapped in freezing ice ten to fourteen feet thick. They were dangerously frozen in the ice that they preach should be melting.

When confronted with the obvious, instead of admitting the elephant in the room, they audaciously claimed this contra-evidence was in fact evidence in favor of global warming. While in one breath the team admitted, “We're stuck in our own experiment,” they insisted, “Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.” And, stubbornly, “Despite being frozen at a standstill, the team’s research on climate change and Antarctic wildlife is moving forward.” First of all, why did they ignore the reports of record ice buildup in both polar ice caps published last year by NASA? Further, it is one thing to be trapped in growing ice that you claim is not growing. But, it goes beyond irony to intellectually insulting to then claim this is evidence supporting their religion.

And, this display of the worst brand of ignorance is not limited to the team involved. The elephant is also ignored by the media. Since December 25th, 2013, there have been 41 stories on network morning and evening news shows covering this event. Of those 41 stories, only 1 mentioned the fact that climate change had anything to do with the expedition. In fact, the networks often referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming. I wonder why?

Over a dozen times throughout the Bible, there are references to people who “hear but don’t understand,” or “see but don’t perceive.” For example, God commands Isaiah in Isaiah 6:9, “Go, and say to this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’” This dynamic is intuitive for spiritual matters that have to be discerned by the spiritually initiated. But, have you ever wondered if this can be true of matters that are physically obvious? Well, now you know.

Ultimately, God controls the sight of the blind, even those who are blind voluntarily. If you read this story and perceive the obvious, you are blessed, and should pray for the blind. If you don’t perceive the obvious, I suggest that you pray for sight.