Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Environment

We had a great vision gathering for the Round Rock plant on Sunday evening as we begin to see everyone own the vision for the new church and connect to a ministry team. We have so many gifted people, and I'm excited to see how God is going to use their gifts to build up the body of Christ in Round Rock. I'm holding on for the ride at this point, hoping and praying that God will renew our team so that we are not exhausted when we get to September 9th, but that our team is energized and ready to go when our new visitors arrive.

On a different note, I watched Al Gore's documentary last night on the environment, An Incovenient Truth, all about the reality of Global Warming and the impact higher CO2 levels have had on the environment. I really appreciated all that he had to say and the fact that he intelligently presented himself without beating up on Bush too much. He admitted that politicians in both parties have been slow to respond to the environmental crisis that humanity is producing. I liked the show - of course it was produced to show Gore in a positive light, but after his stiff performance as the Democratic candidate in 2000, anything showing Gore having fun and speaking with passion would be an improvement. I really appreciated his presentation of environmental devastation as a moral issue - not just a political one. I think the church has been late to the environmental discussion (creation care as some evangelicals are calling it), but finally some evangelical leaders are agreeing that this is a moral issue Christians should have concern about. You can read this well-written statement from influential evangelical leaders calling the church to action.

Any thoughts about how the church should respond to environmental issues?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Paging through my bible looking for where God gave stewardship of the environment as a responsibility of the church...can't find it. Maybe as a start we can pray that China and India will scrap their plans for the hundreds of coal-fired electricity plants that they're building in their quest to join first-world countries like the US.

How willing will those countries be to stagnate their economic growth in order to have a questionable effect on an uncertain doomsday scenario? It's highly unlikely they will share the concerns of UN scientists and doomsday prophets such as Al Gore. Before we join Bono and Tony Campolo in trying to solve the world's perceived problems, we should make sure to practice discernment and restraint and check out the science behind the propaganda. Another good idea would be to get some perspective by researching the rise and fall of doomsday predictions. They're quite common throughout history, and it's very natural for people to believe in them. Yet, they've all fallen flat so far, haven't they? Of course, global warming could be the very thing that wreaks devastating havoc on all of humanity, but the odds are against it. And it doesn't do the church much good to take it's eyes off the ball of fulfilling the great commission by making empty gestures such as preaching the virtues of recycling or making it a sin to rely on fossil fuels. Not that you would preach anything like that but that's what Al Gore would want you to talk about - not the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Not the realities of heaven and hell, sheep and goats. When it's all said and done, that's what's going to matter. The church shouldn't waste its effort on a chimerical problem over which it has no control. If God has given any institution that job, it's the government. If there's any social issue the church should spend time and resources on it's the abortion issue. I know it's not a new and hip cause, but why not focus on the killing that's going on right in front of us instead of the hypothetical death predicted by...computer models.