Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Global Warming and The Environment Part 1 of 2

This is the third part of the five part ethic series that I am doing. Part three deals with the environment and what Christians are called to do with issues such as "global warming."Global warming and the environment is a matter of creation cares. The problem is two fold as it is one that the culture at large is recognizing, but the church has ignored. Because the culture is recognizing the problem it is becoming something that Christians can no longer ignore just based on the fact that we are part of the culture at large. It is now an issue incorporated to many areas of life such as the place of work, the way our homes are designed, the cars we drive, and of course the politicians we elect into office.

One problem for Christian’s involvement is “global warming” because it is still has not been proven. The attitude that is commonly heard is something similar to, “Well God is in control anyway so who cares about this non-existent global warming anyway.” Although there is a valid point in it being proven it does not portray the accurate attitude of a follower of Christ. We should be involved in every form of culture including an issue such as “global warming.” If a Christians voice is not represented then we have no right to complain on the outcomes that everyone else comes up with as a means to tackle the problem. Although it has not been proven one cannot deny that there is something going on in the environment around us and we appear ignorant when we ignore that.

Relevant Sources of Authority
Scripture Passages:
“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was good…” (Genesis 1:31)

“The heavens are yours; the earth is also yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.” (Psalm 89:11)

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether the thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)

Influential Quotes:
“The whole creation which was made by the Son, the Father made by His Word.” -Augustine of Hippo

Let everyone regard himself as the steward of God in all things which he possesses. Then he will neither conduct himself dissolutely, nor corrupt by abuse those things which God requires to be preserved. -John Calvin

“The very simple meaning of what Moses says, therefore, is this: Everything that is, was created by God.” -Martin Luther

Part two will hopefully be posted tomorrow. Its funny because my wife and I both agree that we as followers of Christ should care for the environment, but we disagree on global warming, but I find that we are coming to an agreement on how to respond to the issue in a way that honors Christ.

1 comment:

  1. Its hard to deny that our actions as inhabitants of this earth have consequences. For most, i dont think its a matter of needing proof that there is a problem, but rather wanting to admit that there is. Once we admit that there is a problem and we are part of that problem it forces us to act... and that can be unconfortable.

    I also find that another reason people seem to ignore the issue is the whole end times fantasy. Those who believe that Jesus is coming back to take us/rapture us somewhere else simply dont care what happens to the earth because they also believe it will literally be destroyed by fire in the end. I think this is dangerous.

    (also, most conservatives consider global warming to be a liberal issue and therefore can have no part in it.)

    good post man. i am glad that you are dealing with and thinking through these important issues.