Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Face, meet palm.

At a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday, 66-year-old Republican Congressman Tim Walberg was asked by a constituent about his position on climate change. Walberg responded that he believes the earth is warming and that man has something to do with it. Refreshing from a Republican, right?  I thought so.

Then he dropped this bomb:

“…As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.”


That’s his plan to battle climate change. And his job is to craft and pass laws in the United States of America.

Walberg was hosting this town hall to discuss the current health care bill and attempt to gain support for it from local residents. What he failed to see was the hypocrisy in his approach to climate change and health care. On one hand, he’s asking voters to support the health care bill which is all about humans providing treatment to those who are sick or injured. On the other hand, he’s saying that if the earth is sick or injured, God will fix it, not man. If it’s that easy, then why not leave the sick or injured to God too? Is it that God isn’t powerful enough to heal the sick, or does Walberg’s deity just not care?  I mean, really, isn’t healing the sick just spitting in the face of God’s plan anyway?

I could go on and on with these types of hypocrisies and logical flaws all day, but you get the point.

The major issue here is that this is just one of several people in Congress who think a mystical deity can solve the world’s problems, when it’s his actual job to legislate and attempt to solve issues that affect the US. If he thinks we should just put it all in God’s hands, then he should promptly leave office and allow someone more rational to take over.  It’s one thing if a pastor is proclaiming from the pulpit that God will fix what ails the world. It’s quite another when someone who was elected to serve in government expresses no interest in intervening to prevent a real issue that we’re already seeing the effects of.

If your deity of choice hasn’t solved climate change at this point, it’s safe to say he/she isn’t going to, and that we need to act.  Or else very soon, there won’t be any humans left to worship these apathetic figures.


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13 thoughts on “Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

    1. I think it is the I Don’t Care Syndrome. Differential Diagnosis, Waiting for Rapture and I’ve Got Mine Syndromes.

  1. Why is it that none of these people have heard the phrase “god helps those who help themselves”? Or have ever heard the man-in-a-flood story?

    1. Or have ever figured that God created us with large brains and the ability to reason, and maybe we should use the gifts he gives us?

    2. If you say that (god helps those…), they’ll point out that it isn’t in the Bible.
      But you make a good point. When they want to, they make a point of telling us how ol’ Yahweh expects us to do more than just pray and sit on our hands. In the story, Noah had to get out and build that ark. I’ll have to remember this. Thanks.

  2. “…As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much
    bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he
    can take care of it.”

    ‘… and if he doesn’t take care of it, then it’s the fault of people who didn’t have enough faith in him.’

  3. “…As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.”

    Right there ↑↑ is why religion needs to go away.

  4. Bet he doesn’t say that if a family member gets into a car accident. If there’s a “real” problem, I’m sure god can fix it, right?

  5. Gawd can’t even keep trump from lying every time he opens his mouth or tweets, and can’t save his own fan club from being conned every day of their miserable lives.

    No way he can fix anything big.

    1. I believe you mean bigly.

      Edit: sorry, I did not mean to say what you meant. Did you mean bigly.

      BTW, Urban Dictionary does have fun definitions of the word bigly.

  6. What was the last major disaster where God intervened and stopped it? I tried to remember but somehow I am drawing a blank…

    1. “What was the last major disaster where God intervened and stopped it? I tried to remember but somehow I am drawing a blank…”

      Oh, there are lots of them, happening every day. Notably, for just one example, back in ’05 the people of Alabama prayed to avoid the brunt of the damage from hurricane Katrina. It worked. Their god sent the hurricane over to New Orleans instead. Don’t you dare scoff at the miracles of gods.

  7. Congressman Tim Walberg- You show a vast ignorance of your own religion.
    1. Your statement is the equivalent of saying, “I can drive 120 mph and God will protect me from harm.” Perhaps you were taught that man is not supposed to test God?
    The Temptation of Jesus
    Luke 4:11- and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” 12But Jesus declared, “It also says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.…
    2. Who is to say that Climate Change is NOT God responding to a Problem in His eyes?
    Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
    God gave mankind a command and told him that he must tend or keep the garden. The Hebrew word for “tend” or some translations say “keep” it is “shamar” and it means more than just keep it neat and tidy. The Hebrew word means “to guard” or “to watch and protect.” The other Hebrew word in this verse that’s very important is the word “work” or as some translations more accurately say “to cultivate” and is from the Hebrew word “`abad” meaning “to serve” so Genesis 2:15 would better read as: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to serve it and to guard and protect it.” That means that we are stewards of the earth and the Master will require of us an account on how we’ve been stewards of what He has given us. So far, it’s not been good stewardship to say the least.
    Revelation 11:18 “The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
    God will not leave those unpunished who destroy the earth because those who do so are only interested in using and abusing the earth to make a profit but at what cost? We all are responsible for how we live our lives and if we throw trash out of the car, how we leave trash in campsites or pour out toxic wastes in the ground. Years ago our neighbor used to pour his used motor oil on the fence line so that he wouldn’t have to weed eat where the mower wouldn’t reach but his trees started to die and he ended up having to cut down two huge one hundred year old trees in his back yard. How sad.
    Maybe this is God taking out the Destroyers of the Earth for Failing at their job of Stewardship??

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