Global warming: the ostrich emerges

by Mar 11, 2008

According to CNN:

Forty-six influential members of the Southern Baptist Convention, including three of its past four presidents, criticized their denomination in a statement Monday for being “too timid” in confronting global warming.

“Our cautious response to these issues in the face of mounting evidence may be seen by the world as uncaring, reckless and ill-informed,” the statement says. “We can do better.”  …

The signatories pledged to do their part to fight global warming “without any further lingering over the basic reality of the problem or our responsibility to address it. Humans must be proactive and take responsibility for our contributions to climate change — big and small.”

I’m thrilled to see Christian leaders turning away from reflexive anti-environmentalism. The pantheistic “mother earth” mentality among environmentalists has scared many Christians away from their biblical duty of stewardship over creation. And the nearsighted “Left Behind” mentality among evangelicals hasn’t helped us see the value of caring for an earth that we expect to burn any day now. I’m glad these things are changing as we get busy fulfilling the mandate of Genesis 1:26-28.

Now if I can just remember what’s allowed to go in the blue recycling bin…