Sunday, January 20, 2008

It’s Sunday morning and the faithful have gathered. Today at Hometown Friends Church the “Are we really going to talk about…?” series is focused on environmentalism. Some Christians find “creation care” to be a preferred terminology. This does a couple of things—it gets away from an ism and it implies stewardship or partnership with the Creator.

Three days ago a first-of-its-kind collaboration was announced in Washington, DC., at the National Press Club. Evangelical and scientific leaders issued an “Urgent Call to Action” that urges “fundamental change in values, lifestyles, and public policies required to address these worsening problems before it is too late. Business as usual cannot continue yet one more day.” The group pledged to “work together toward a responsible care for Creation and call with one voice” to the religious, scientific, business, political and educational arenas to join them in this historic initiative.

“Great scientists are people of imagination. So are people of great faith. We dare to imagine a world in which science and religion work together to reverse the degradation of Creation. We will not allow it to be progressively destroyed by human folly,” added Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Ten months ago the big guns of the evangelical family values movement (family values means anti-abortion and anti-gay rights) were calling for Cizik’s resignation because they questioned whether he articulated the views of American evangelicals on environmental issues. Obviously these people have no problem with taking spiritual issues into the social and political arena. So what was the problem? Could they have been concerned that the evangelical agenda can’t stretch far enough to include God’s instructions to Adam and Eve?


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