Did you know that even though the American population is only 4% of the entire world population, we have contributed over 25% of the dioxide emmissions to the environment?
Despite this fact, Dr. Dobson is criticizing the vice-president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) for taking a stand on global warming as a moral issue.
Bill Mckibben has written a wonderful article which is over at the Gods politics blog to which Jim Wallis contributes. Here is an excerpt of what he had to say:
Here’s the really sad part: this is one of those moments for which the church was born. It will be hard for society to make the changes it needs to make, but our churches can actually remember some reason for human existence other than accumulation. They can summon up the love, hope, and faith necessary to take difficult steps in the years ahead. And it’s starting to happen: at Stepitup07.org, we’ve been hearing from faith communities across the religious spectrum, who are organizing rallies for April 14 to demand real carbon reductions.
Now I am not a self-desribed hippie. However, I am convinced that we need to be proper stewards of the land that God has granted us dominion over. “How might we do this?” one might ask. We could start by car-pooling when possible. Further, one might seek to use building materials that have been recycled or numerous other tactics that are environment friendly.
Yet many evangelicals are swayed by the likes of Dr. Dobson into shirking off our environmental responsibility. Even despite recent scientific and governmental documents that confirm the reality of this problem, some still have the balls to say that this is a conspiracy.
Others will even contend that because we are on the heels of Christ’s return that it doesn’t matter how we treat the evironment. Do we have our eschatology so nailed down that we can come to this conclusion? Even if we did would it be justifiable to say, “to hell with the environment, Christ is going to recreate it anyways?” Didn’t Paul think that Jesus was coming back in his day (and nearly every generation since)?
Is it right to polarize to moral issues such as abortion (thus pushing environmental ethics to the back burner)? Do you know that global warming will result in 150,000 refugees by the middle of this century if something is not done fast? What would be the correct response to result in the fulfillment of us loving our neighbors? What should be done about this? How should a faithful Christian respond?