Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Christians and the Environment

So, Megan asked me to comment on this article. Yeah, it's behind the NYT's free-subscription wall, but that's why I have Bug-Me-Not in the link bar over there. Fantastic thing, really.

Anyhow, the article.

Perhaps it is a certain paranoia for being a conservative Christian, but it seems like whenever the NYT writes about Christians, it is either to (a) describe how hypocritical and wrong we are for society, or (b) to use some Christian group's approval of a liberal platform as a weapon against Republicans. I get that vibe from this piece, but again, perhaps it is just paranoia.

In any case, there isn't really anything remarkable about the article. Christians who care about the environment? Big stinkin' deal. That's nothing new. And that's not a bad thing.

It's not outside of the Christian ethic to care about the environment. Good stewards of God's blessings won't let the things they've been given charge of go to rot.

However, the things that I would draw attention to in this article:

1) This is an effort being pushed by the leadership of this group. It is not a grassroots movement, and sometimes leadership is just not in touch with what their membership wants (especially in large "religious" organizations).

2) Christians can (and do!) disagree about the best way to take care of the environment (among other things). Mandatory controls on carbon emissions isn't necessarily the best of plans.

So, what do I think about the article, Megan? Eh. I've seen more interesting stuff lately. But thanks for reading and keeping an interest here. If you see anything else that piques your interest, send it my way and I'll be glad to snarkily critique it comment on it.

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