When we hear children sing "America, the Beautiful," it makes us proud to be Americans and grateful for our beautiful country. Their voices remind us that "God shed His grace" on our nation, and it's our duty to protect our great American heritage and preserve its beauty for them and future generations. That's why it's so important that we support policies that defend and preserve America's "purple mountain majesties." Our national parks and public lands -- from Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon to public baseball fields and playgrounds -- are a gift from God that must be cherished and preserved.
For those of us who are pro-life Christians, we understand ourselves to be called by God to be good stewards of the bounty upon which all life depends, to protect and defend the beauty and purity of the land and water, to have clean skies and fresh air for our children to enjoy. As Genesis teaches us, we were created in God's image and entrusted with the proper care of His creation, to "tend and keep it" (Gen. 1:26; 2:15).
Many others share these values; as "America the Beautiful" reminds us, they are in fact American values. Our public lands are essential to our quality of life; they are our national treasures that belong to all of us. more >>
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday and declared in a speech that tackling climate change is the one world issue that should unite all religious leaders, scientists and scholars. The leaders also agreed that man-made climate change is a "scientific reality."
"If ever there were an issue that requires unity of purpose it is climate change," the U.N. head said at a workshop titled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development" organized by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican and the U.N. issued a joint declaration at the end of meeting, which read: "Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity." more >>
Pope Francis has marked Earth Day by urging mankind not to exploit or manipulate the planet, but instead to safeguard the environment in accordance to God's call.
"I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the Earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated," Francis said at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Vatican Radio reported.
Francis continued: "The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation, but it must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care, so it can be put to the service of our brothers, also of future generations." more >>
More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, and one student at Harvard Kennedy School of Government believes Christians and churches in general can help protect the environment by promoting and adopting lifestyle changes that cut waste and save money.
"The environment is a gift that demands responsibility and care. Our daily actions threaten the God-given natural resources of the earth, hurt the poor disproportionately, and endanger tomorrow's generations," writes Joel Smoot, a Master of Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in a document shared with The Christian Post this week. The document was prepared for an Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.
People in some 190 countries take action for Earth Day every year on April 22. Earth Day 2015 is pushing action under its global theme: It's our turn to lead. more >>
Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical letter which calls the environment the "ultimate pro-life, pro-poor, pro-family" issue that Christians are called to engage in. The Vatican has said that this is not a political statement, but one stemming from biblical teaching.
Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis is finishing up his encyclical on the environment, set for publication early in the summer, which is set to build on the statements of his predecessors who have urged Christians to focus more on preserving and caring for the environment.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said that Francis' pro-environment initiative is not part of a political agenda, but based in biblical teachings. more >>
Are evangelicals, of all the religious communities in America, the most in need of science education?
That would seem to be the take-away if you attended a national conference held in Washington, DC, on March 13, 2015, as I did.
Sponsored by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), the well-attended presentations claimed to be concerned primarily about the conflicting views that the religious and scientific communities tend to have of one another. One religious community, however, was singled out for special attention: evangelicals. more >>