What do you make of this?

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News outlets across the country are reporting the Southern Baptist Convention has shifted it’s stance regarding global warming. The entire statement can be seen here.

Here’s an excerpt:

We are proud of our deep and lasting commitments to moral issues like the sanctity of human life and biblical definitions of marriage. We will never compromise our convictions nor attenuate our advocacy on these matters, which constitute the most pressing moral issues of our day. However, we are not a single-issue body. We also offer moral witness in other venues and on many issues. We seek to be true to our calling as Christian leaders, but above all, faithful to Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, our attention goes to whatever issues our faith requires us to address. 

We have recently engaged in study, reflection and prayer related to the challenges presented by environmental and climate change issues. These things have not always been treated with pressing concern as major issues. Indeed, some of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that these are real problems that deserve our attention. But now we have seen and heard enough to be persuaded that these issues are among the current era’s challenges that require a unified moral voice. 

We believe our current denominational engagement with these issues have often been too timid, failing to produce a unified moral voice. Our cautious response to these issues in the face of mounting evidence may be seen by the world as uncaring, reckless and ill-informed. We can do better. To abandon these issues to the secular world is to shirk from our responsibility to be salt and light. The time for timidity regarding God’s creation is no more.

In Texas, the environment was pushed further to the forefront last year with the notion of scattering coal plants across the state. The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission opposed fast-tracking those coal plants, saying Christians have to care for creation.

What do you think a Christian’s responsibility is regarding the environment and what do you think of that Baptist responses to this point? Is this something Baptists should speak about?

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6 Responses to “What do you make of this?”

  1. Ken Coffee Says:

    I can remember when the denomination promoted a “Stewardship Of The Soil” day in the churches. It took the position that we do have a responsibility to the environment. Having said that, I think we need to be very careful about what we come out against or for. Making pronouncements about coal-fired plants without giving any thought to the latest very effective technology available to control emissions makes us look like unlearned zealots, rather than serious environmentalists. A little more research will prevent our becoming flaming Goreites, with irrational pronouncements about the environment that are now being debunked by more and more serious climatologists.

  2. environmentalchristian Says:

    Great question! My answer is a resounding yes! To see my full thoughts check out an article I wrote a while back called, “A Christian View of Environmentalism”

  3. spiritualsamurai Says:

    Thank you for this update. God gave us this world to be stewards not just consumers.

  4. Clint Brown Says:

    Growing up in a Southern Baptist Church I remember often being encouraged to be a steward of God’s creation. Through the Royal Ambassador program I learned of how to care for the outdoors and be responsible. I think it is good that we make that a part of our lives as disciples.
    I am a little anxious about “The time for timidity regarding God’s creation is no more.” Where is the line between being single-minded within the Great Commission and adding on interest group causes as a collection of evangelical churches?

  5. Southern Baptist Environmentalism Initative Movement | SBC Voices Says:

    […] John Hall isn’t sure what to think of this and wants to talk it over. […]

  6. David Says:

    http://www.bpnews.net, tonight.

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