My previous post was about Chuck Colson’s “Breakpoint” radio broadcast for today: Just Do It: Good Stewardship and Global Warming. In this broadcast, he refers to a disagreements among Texas Baptists regarding the construction of coal-fired power plants in their state. A pastor was quoted as saying:
The pastor, in turn, assures [an opponent of the power plants] that God is sovereign over his creation, and no amount of coal-burning will alter by a millisecond his divine plan for the world.
It is true that God is sovereign, but that doesn’t make his argument sound. Let’s make some similar arguments:
- God is sovereign over my finances, and no amount of credit card spending will alter by a millisecond his divine plan for my retirement.
- God is sovereign over my garden, and no amount of Roundup spraying will alter by a millisecond his divine plan for my harvest.
- God is sovereign over my grades, and no amount of procrastination on my part will alter by a millisecond his divine plan for my report card.
God is sovereign. He calls us to be good stewards. We may not completely understand how these two statements work together, but that doesn’t negate either one. There may be good arguments for building the power plants (as a short-term solution to energy demand), but this pastor’s argument wasn’t one of them.
Grace and Peace