Love Thy Neighbor III


I posted a while back about caring for the created, not just creation. More evangelicals are now joining some conservatives in supporting this line of thinking. A new website called “We Get It!” states:

Our stewardship of creation must be based on Biblical principles and factual evidence. We face important environmental challenges, but must be cautious of claims that our planet is in peril from speculative dangers like man-made global warming. . . . With billions suffering in poverty, environmental policies must not further oppress the world’s poor by denying them basic needs.

The declaration has been endorsed by a number of policy organizations and individuals, including Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe.  My guess is that the endorsements will grow in the days and weeks ahead, particularly as food prices continue to rise, in part due to the mess that is the federal ethanol mandate.

Over the past several years, proponents of big government have made inroads into the evangelical community — especially among its younger members – by linking faith and policy in a “social justice” context, focusing on poverty and the environment. “We Get It!” represents an overdue but necessary engagement by those evangelicals with a more free-market bent.  Let’s hope this blossoms into a vigorous debate over how evangelicals can best live up to our responsibilities as stewards of both God’s creation and His created. It’s a debate our side can win, if all of the information and arguments are on the table – and one we’ll certainly lose if we continue to concede it.


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