Dean Ohlman has 21 Reasons That Evangelicals Don’t Get Creation Care over at Restoring Eden. Here are a few:
1. Evangelicals understand that people are special because we’re made in the image of God, but we typically fail to see that the non-human creation is also special because it was created “very good” by the God we say we serve (Genesis 1:31).
6. Evangelicals often sing that “this earth is not our home” and that we’re “just a-passin’ through.” This simplistic and biblically questionable refrain keeps us from grasping the fact that while we are here, it’s not only our home, it’s also our responsibility; we’re expected to care for, guard, keep, cultivate, and wisely develop its potentialities until it is finally reconciled to God through Christ (Genesis 2:15; Colossians 1:20).
10. Because Evangelicals have no commonly accepted and well-articulated theology of creation (nature), we have become not only ineffective in addressing mankind’s abuse of the creation, but we also become a part of the problem.
16. As political and social conservatives, evangelicals often consider the opinions of conservative radio talkshow hosts as “gospel”—especially the almost daily derogatory characterization of many responsible creation-care measures as the work of “environmental whackos.”
Read all 21 Reasons. I didn’t have any reservations with any of them.
Dean blogs at The Wonder of Creation.
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I have railed on this subject in church circles for years now. Perhaps the most damaging theology of the 19th and 20th centuries says that we are in some sort of way station on Earth and that the only hope is to look forward to heaven. The idea cuts the basis for living well (in a full rounded sense of that idea) off at the knees.
God created us for this creation…not some other. He created us to do work here…not somewhere else. If we can only look forward to heaven, then we should be pro-euthanasia, because it hastens that ultimate end…right?
I suspect some conservative evangelicals are going to be very surprised to find themselves back here again after the “end”. Whoops! I guess this planet really does matter to God.
Thanks for your comment, Matt. I especially liked your last paragraph. I’m excited to see the “New Earth.” I think C.S. Lewis shows us a glimpse of what it might be like in The Last Battle and The Great Divorce. There’s no strumming harps on a cloud in these books, nor is there in the book of Revelation.
Earth is our home after all.
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