John Cochran’s Congressional Quarterly piece quotes Mr. Cizik, now a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation: “Evangelicals have been used by presidents and politicians for wedge-driven politics for decades. Not all of us think we ought to be at the whim of someone’s secular strategy. We ought to be listening to God’s vision.”
The biblical narrative paints a broad and deep picture of the responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves and nurture the universe God began as if it were a greenfield startup project. See for yourself:
- Revisit the Ark story in the eighth and ninth chapters of Genesis—if you want to cut to the chase, pick up at Genesis 8:15 and read to 9:17—then answer one question as thoroughly as you can: Before, during and following the flood, what is the substance of God’s commitment to all he created?
- Jump to the eighth chapter of Romans, picking up at verse 18 and reading through verse 25: Describe the relationship between humankind and the rest of creation in this passage.
- Finish at Revelation chapter 11, verses 15-18: Who gets judged; who gets rewarded; who gets destroyed in this passage?
Unbeknownst to some 21st century American evangelicals is the degree to which the NAE and a great many others who take the Bible seriously were on this road long before Richard Cizik, Ted Haggard or Senator Inhofe arrived on the national scene. Four decades ago an NAE policy resolution, Ecology 1970, declared:
Beyond the scientific, biological and political ramifications of our environment problem is a basically theological and religious issue. Men who thoughtlessly killed animal life to the point of extinction a hundred years ago might not have realized the implications of their actions. Today those who thoughtlessly destroy a God-ordained balance of nature are guilty of sin against God’s creation. We know better.
We do know better, don’t we?
Posted by on September 14, 2009
I remember this! And I remember the Sandy Cove Covenant.
Per Senator Inhofe, the National Association of Evangelicals is an “elitist” environmental group.
I suppose it shows how short some memories are when secular goals of power and wealth are involved, eh Senator Inhofe?