An Evangelical Crusade To Go Green With God
Just read this fabulous article from NPR: An Evangelical Crusade To Go Green With God.
YES! YES! YES!
Who is the evangelical in question? Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention. Southern Baptists going green? That breaks down a few stereotypes.
Now, personally, I’m not sure what level of government involvement I’m comfortable with — If I have to accept a political label (I detest political labels), the closest one is libertarian. But I’m not 100%. It really depends on the issue and situation at hand. I’m glad to see that Moore is taking a stand to say that “conservative” (essentially “conservative evangelical Christian”) shouldn’t put a person in a political box. He is advocating thinking through each issue from a Biblical standpoint, not simply accepting whatever the “conservative” political party says. YES!
Moore’s reasoning for going green is the same as my own:
The reason to rally for a green movement is literally all around, Moore says. “God cares about the Creation. He displays himself in nature, and so the more that people are distanced from the Creation itself and the more people become accustomed to treating the Creation as something that is disposable, the more distanced they are from understanding who God is.”
Moore has another reason: “People are designed to be dependent on Creation and upon the natural resources around us. In order to love future generations, in order to love cultures, we have to love the ecosystems that support those things.”
Individuals will always disagree on how a problem should be solved, but we should at least all agree that it is a problem.
“Human flourishing means a healthy natural environment, and it simply isn’t good for ourselves or for our neighbors to live in a world that is completely paved over and in which every piece of green land is replaced with a Bed, Bath, and Beyond,” he says. “That’s not how God designed human beings to live.”
I couldn’t agree more with the end of this article:
It’s hard to say which argument individual evangelicals will be drawn to, but Moore says being pulled in different directions is a good thing “if being pulled in directions means that we’re thinking through issues from a biblical point of view, rather than from a purely political point of view.”
“And just because we agree with some of our political allies on some very important issues, that doesn’t mean we agree with those allies on every issue,” he adds. (Emphasis mine)
“Evangelicals can’t simply be anybody’s interest group. We’re going to have some disagreements, but we have to have that conversation. And it has to be more complex than simply parroting slogans.”
What do you think?