Are the Evangelicals Going to Leave Us Behind?


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By: Alexander Carpenter

If anyone still doubts that working for a better environment is more than a Republican/Democratic issue, read this Newsweek article.

It's a moral duty.

Is it possible that Adventist churches in America could - instead of hosting another tired round of evangelistic meetings this fall - do some creation care advocacy in their local communities?

Did you know that the Adventist church actually has two voted statements on the environment?

A Statement on the Environment (1995)

Statement on Stewardship of the Environment (1996) Those radicals, like Bob Folkenberg, approved this: "There are dire predictions of global warming, rising sea levels, increasing frequency of storms and destructive floods, and devastating desertification and droughts.

These problems are largely due to human selfishness and greed which result in ever-increasing production, unlimited consumption, and depletion of nonrenewable resources. Solidarity with future generations is discussed, but the pressure of immediate interests is given priority. The ecological crisis is rooted in humankind's greed and refusal to practice good and faithful stewardship." That could kick off a stirring sermon.

We really have nothing to lose on this. The science is in. The biblical basis has been established for awhile. Advocating for and practicing the sustainability of God's creation is a great way to help out our coreligionists (and everyone else) in the developing world and make our communities and faith healthier as well.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4533