Climate Change and the Evangelicals

President Obama has rejected the Keystone pipeline and can now expect severe criticism from the Far Right, where “jobs” are the highest moral measurement they can imagine. There are, however, good jobs and bad jobs. The bad ones are those which serve unworthy purposes. And certainly building a pipeline which threatens to further human damage to the planet means bad jobs.

That people disagree on how much we should be caring for our planet is no surprise to me but I confess to be deeply disappointed that so many of my fellow Evangelicals seem to care so little about our responsibility as stewards of the earth. We, who want to see ourselves as children of the Creator, have no excuse whatsoever for not being at the very forefront of environmentalism.

We have no respect for children who abuse the gifts we give them, yet we are willing to abuse the gift of Planet Earth, entrusted to us by our loving Father.

The real issues are much bigger and broader than merely, Do we believe in human-caused global warming? The question is, Are we showing proper respect for the Creation of our Lord?

I fear that in most Evangelical circles we haven’t even taken the time to discuss what such respect might demand of us. But of this I am very, very sure: Merely going along with the unending greed of earth’s abusers is not honoring to God.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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