Reviewed by: Rev. Grant Wright
|Producer:||Jeff Skoll, Davis Guggenheim, Diane Weyermann|
This film won an Academy award for “Best documentary.”
“A Global Warning”
The subject of “Global Warming” and the name “Al Gore” are likely to cause many people to steer clear of this documentary. However, I would encourage you to look past politics to at least view this professional documentary.
This is essentially an overview of the subject of global warming. It is an appeal to individuals to play their part in saving the world. Many facts are given and in some parts theories presented as fact to persuade the viewer to make a difference. It is only in the closing credits that the “how to’s” are given.
The other road this documentary follows is the life of Gore and this message he has been trying to tell throughout his political life. I have to admit he is an excellent orator and is convincing through most of his presentation. It is the fact that Gore is so linked with politics that makes this documentary harder to swallow. Al Gore: “I don’t really consider this a political issue, I consider it to be a moral issue.” I applaud such a statement, but the inconvenient truth of the matter is that this is a political issue as well as a moral issue.
The most difficult section to deal with in the documentary is that of what happened millions and millions of years ago to cause “the ice age.” This is presented as fact, and some parents might want to discuss this issue with children or teenagers after the documentary.
As Christians, we know this world will come to pass with the imminent return of our Lord. I cannot help but feel that the effects of global warming will play their own part in the end times.
Matthew 24:7,8 says “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
With this mindset, we could dismiss our obligations to look after our Lord’s creation. We have been given dominion over the Earth as stated in Genesis 1:27,28
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
We were given this Earth to subdue it and even tend to it as Adam did in the garden. This was all said before our fall and not recanted in the curse. The question I like to ask is, “Would our environment be in the same condition if sin had not entered the world?” I think not; therefore I am convinced to play my part in caring for the Lord’s creation.
Violence: None / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None
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