August 30, 2016

Conservation is Conservative

A Faith-Based Perspective on Climate Change

“As we celebrate Easter and witness the beauty of spring, it is a great time for Christians to reflect on how our faith requires us to be good stewards of this planet that God has entrusted to our care.” – David Jenkins

Read more from our own David Jenkins on being a good steward.

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  1. I applaud your efforts.
    But I must say this: I have several members in my family who are both Republican and Evangelical Christian. To a person they believe that climate change is not only a hoax, but to believe in it is even anti-Christian. Don’t ask me to explain it…I can’t. But they use Romans 8, 18-25 as justification for this. I have tired changing their minds, but it is hopeless.
    I am glad you are giving voice to this, but quite honestly, if you are concerned about man’s role in environmental degradation, you have yeoman’s work to do in two of the communities in which you reside: Republican and Christian. Good luck.

    • Rob Sisson says:

      The good news is that polling is showing rapid growth in the number of traditional and evangelical Christians who believe it is a significant issue. A new demographic group–Young Evangelicals–is bumping that number higher each week. Also, polling completed by GOP pollsters in the past few months reports that the Republican Party must adopt better positions on the environment, overall, or it stands to lose the under 30 vote in 2016 by a wide margin.

      • Good news indeed…I recently read “A Climate for Change,” by Katherine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Christian, and she too is sounding the warning bells. But sadly, American opinion in general about climate change is trending in the wrong (in my opinion) direction.
        But the tone on this blog is correct…it is dismaying that something like conservation, which was historically a Republican issue, has been almost completely forsaken by that party. Is there one single Republican of national importance who is championing more effort to save the environment? I cannot think of one. Not one.

  2. A person I know gave i believe such a great interpretation of the quote in the bible that I felt I should share it. In the bible it says “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” He said that because we have dominion over the earth it does not mean that we can take advantage of it but instead that we must take care of the earth. He interpreted have responsibility to take care of everything below us. Felt I should share that

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