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 ().
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 (; ).
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.
Grace and Peace