Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Evangelicalism, Global Warming and Poverty

"I don't think God will ask us how he created the earth, but he will ask us what we did with what he created." So said Richard Cizik, vice-president of the NAE in the New York Times, quoted on Speaking of Faith. Cizik has been "converted" to believing that global warming exists, and that evangelicals should do something about it, comparing the churches' relative silence to that during the civil rights struggle.

Interestingly, he has been castigated by Senator Inhofe, from my home state of Oklahoma. Inhofe says that Cizik and the NAE have been "'led down a liberal path' by environmentalists and others who have convinced the group that issues like poverty and the environment are worth their efforts."

Global warming aside, convinced that poverty is worth their efforts? I suppose that means Jesus was a liberal. I hope that the NY Times has taken Inhofe out of context.


Anonymous said...

Lance -

On global warming - you might want to check out an interview the Wall Street Journal conducted with Dr. Richard Lindzen, a professor of meterology at MIT, on how this issue has become political. It is about 1/3 down in this site -

You might also check out a BreakPoint commentary at ; and the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance's site at ; especially note their 'Cornwall Declaration'. Colson and ISA are concerned that the global warming issue is questionable science and is diverting attention and resources from proven strategies that save lives and improve the living conditions of the poor.

<>< Ron Troup;

Denise said...

Unfortunately, the evangelicals jumping on the global warming bandwagon have overlooked the interesting convergence between the increase in fossil fuel consumption and the reduction of poverty. Inhofe's words are unfortunate, but it doesn't look like Al Gore and friends are doing any great favors for the poor. I guess that makes room for the church to step in and do what it is supposed to do best.

Pastor Michael Jordan said...

Lance--I'm enjoying poking around the blog. I found this when in my spare time today, I googled you--truly an honor for you (unless you consider I also googled Pee-Wee Herman).

Keep it up!

Mike Jordan