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December 16, 2008

What about green evangelicals?

Richard Cizik's resignation from the National Association of Evangelicals prompted a letter from more than 50 evangelicals who support Cizik's attempts to broaden the evangelical agenda. More people are signing the letter here.

I wrote a story on CT's site today about those who are celebrating and lamenting his resignation and what it means for environmental advocacy.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found a statistically significant comparison from 2006 to 2008 that shows a 12 percent drop in evangelicals who said they believe that there is solid evidence that the earth is getting warmer. Many evangelicals debate over whether global warming is man-made, but the drop in this survey appears to come from those who believe that global warming is caused by natural causes.

Will Richard Cizik's resignation as NAE vice president affect evangelical creation care? You can vote today here or comment below.

Comments

In my opinion, the enivronmental movement doesn't need the church's help--it's a religion all on its own.

But that said, naturally (no pun intended) the environment should be a concern to all Christians. This is God's creation, after all, and we're charged with being good stewards of it.

What is interesting to me is how polarized get get about climate change and Richard Cizik's witness. Climate change is not a totally natural or totally human caused phenomenon. The truth - as I see it - is that are natural cycles in global climate AND there are human causes. Common sense instead of culture wars should be our matrix.

As such, I will let God deal with the natural causes be them sunspots, volcano's, earth tilt. And I'll deal with the human causes like chosing the light bulbs I use, the cars I buy, the trees I plant, the ecosystems I protect and the species I help adapt.

I am also surprised by the vehemence some people have towards the totally biblical mandate to love, serve and protect God's creation. Analysing the level of greenhouse gases in ice samples correlates with population ebbs and flows and the rise of the industrial age. Satellite images also show clear changes.

We ought to treat the earth as if our lives depend upon it. (pun intended)

I feel that God created the birds, mammals, fish, trees, shrubs and the plants that we grow as food, and that we must protect them all, with good judgment so that nothing really goes extinct. I believe that with the foods we grow, we must keep the "heritage foods" in existance as they can be the foundation of new and better hybrids for use around the world to help alleviate hunger. I also believe that there are better ways to manage pests like grasshoppers and mosquitos than to spray them with toxic chemicals that can eventually kill also birds, lizards and other insectevores, as will as poisening humans, who could get very sick and or die from overexposure from these chemicals. I was watching the 700 Club when Pat Robertson said, in a piece about spraying chemicals to kill mosquitos and the resulting death of birds who eat the mosquitos for food, "who cares if birds die". I say God cares and if he doesn't care about birds dying, can he really call himself a Christian? Thanks Doug Lass

I heard some of the MPR program on which
Richard Cizik was interviewed. He did a fine and courageous job.He told the truth about gobal warming. For that he was forced to resign after 28 years of service.

Since Galileo the church has fought science when the two should both realize they are part of the same quest for the reality of all of God's creation.

It's simple, creation care is made clear in the Bible, is it not a mandate for all Christians to follow?