Evangelical Climate Initiative
Rick Warren has been getting flak from some “Conservatives” for “siding” with “Liberals” and signing the so called Evangelical Climate Initiative. I don’t care to respond directly to such criticisms, especially since they tend to fall into crazy notions of Warren “not preaching the Gospel” or a “one world apostate through the UN” and yada, yada, yada.
It’s hard not to let those critics hurt me, not only because I know as Rick as a committed follower of Jesus (wanting nothing more then the Kingdom of the Lord) but because it aggravates me when Christians spend their time fighting each other. Discussion is of course, healthy, but not fighting due to slight differences theology, or tactics, or church style, things that when you step back and look --- don’t matter nearly as much as they might think. I’m guilty of this at times, and humbly ask God for forgiveness when I find myself doing so.
That said I’m not totally in agreement with the general “Liberal” idea of “Global Warming” and how much over all affect we have on climate change. Nor do I necessarily agree as to the extent of the possible ramifications of climate change.
However I think there is absolutely no doubt we are polluting our air, water, land etc. We are not being good stewards of Creation. We in the west have been doing a better job as of late of controlling our pollution however, and this is a good start. We as American Christians have been (for the most part) absent from any environmental issues --- it’s almost as if the issue is too polluted by secular liberals. This needs to stop.
As the front page of the statement’s website says:
The same love for God and neighbor that compels us to preach salvation through Jesus Christ, protect the unborn, preserve the family and the sanctity of marriage, and take the whole Gospel to a hurting world, also compels us to recognize that human-induced climate change is a serious Christian issue requiring action now.
I couldn’t agree more, there might be some disagreement about what action(s) we should take --- but the general idea is noble. There are some immediate issues that are more pressing then pollution, or climate change --- but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it.
What we need to get across is not that we are “adapting” to the values and issues of secular liberals --- but rather point out how the Christian Worldview already addresses these issues --- those same liberals might be surprised to hear that.