U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently drawing the ire of conservatives for charging that America has a biblical duty to protect Muslim countries from climate change.
At a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Kerry said America has a biblical "responsibility" to "confront climate change," which includes protecting "vulnerable Muslim majority counties."
"Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth, and for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God," he said. more >>
Citing scripture, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that protection of majority Muslim countries included actions against climate change, because those nations are most susceptible.
At a ceremony to install Texas Lawyer Shaarik H. Zafar as the Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 3, Kerry said stewardship of the planet is stated overtly in Genesis and that the Christian and Muslim faiths are "inextricably linked."
"Our faiths are inextricably linked on any number of things that we must confront and deal with in policy concepts today," Kerry said. "Our faiths are inextricably linked on the environment. For many of us, respect for God's creation also translates into a duty to protect and sustain His first creation, Earth, the planet. Before God created man He created Heaven and Earth. more >>
Climate change: The greatest challenge facing humanity? A manageable problem? Just par for the course on a planet whose climate has always changed?
What should we do about it? Indeed, what can we do about it?
Would drastic cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions save the world from disaster, or make no significant difference in future climate? Would the cuts cost little, or condemn much of the world to more generations of abject poverty, disease, and premature death? more >>
"Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change … loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?"
These aren't the radical words from the leader of a secular environmental organization, no; these are the radical words from the former leader of the Catholic Church!
In his 2010 World Day of Peace message titled, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that "it would be irresponsible not to take seriously" the signs of a growing environmental crisis. more >>
About two years ago over 30 of the nation's pro-life leaders issued an official statement against an environmental campaign spearheaded by the Evangelical Environmental Network calling mercury regulations "pro-life."
Instead of correcting its claims, EEN doubled down and expanded them, further obscuring the meaning of "pro-life" and diluting its usefulness to identify people working to end abortion on demand. First they aligned global warming to the "pro-life" cause, and then they expanded the definition of "life" beyond human beings to include caring for all of life.
For EEN and CEO Mitchell C. Hescox, being "pro-life" doesn't simply mean opposing abortion or other actions that intentionally kill human beings. It means opposing any action that some environmentalist thinks creates any risk, however great or small, to any life, human or non-human. more >>
As Christians, we all should agree that God's greatest gift is salvation by grace through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. But what is God's second greatest gift?
Recently, an evangelical climatologist said it is the whole of creation.
True, we should be good stewards of creation, as Genesis 2:15 implies. We should take good care of the resources God has given us, not use them in a way that threatens the well-being of the planet. more >>