Baptists Going Green…

So, Southern Baptists are going green.

This will probably make me unpopular amongst Baptist bloggers (maybe even with one of my closest friends), but suffice it to say that I think this initiative (however well-intentioned), AS WORDED, is a mistake.

I’m all for environmental stewardship, but please… let’s stay out of the global warming / climate change debate!

Why? Let’s take a couple sentences from this group’s declaration to start…

We recognize that we do not have any special revelation to guide us about whether global warming is occurring and, if it is occurring, whether people are causing it. We are looking at the same evidence unfolding over time that other people are seeing.

We recognize that we do not have special training as scientists to allow us to assess the validity of climate science. We understand that all human enterprises are fraught with pride, bias, ignorance and uncertainty.

Here’s my suggestion. If you’ve got no “special revelation”, “special training”, or the like that allows you to assess “whether global warming is occurring and, if it is occurring, whether people are causing it”… stick to the theological issues and principles that lead Christians to a position of environmental stewardship, and leave climate change out of your statements.

After all, isn’t human-influenced climate change covered by environmental stewardship?

Of course it is. So why hit the hot button issue?

Political expediency and media coverage. At least that’s what it looks like to me.

If that was your goal, I extend my congratulations… you made top story on MSNBC.com for a while, and are sure to receive plenty of publicity for the cause.


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0 thoughts on “Baptists Going Green…

  1. I just read Richard Land’s response. Their website was acting weird so I pulled it up via the RSS feed. Here is what he said:


    “Given the fact the Convention has officially addressed the issues of creation care and environmental stewardship in its 2006 and 2007 Conventions through resolutions adopted by the Convention’s duly elected messengers (see links below to view cited SBC resolutions), the ERLC does not agree that Southern Baptists have been ‘too timid’ in addressing these issues.

    “Southern Baptists, collectively and individually, jealously guard their independence and autonomy. They reserve to themselves the right to decide through Convention action what the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy positions are to be. The ERLC will continue to share the officially adopted positions of the Convention with public policy makers and the media. Thus, the ERLC has declined to endorse ‘A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change’ in its present form.”

  2. Interesting.

    I’m not surprised their response falls back to autonomy. Getting Baptists to agree about anything, much less something controversial like global warming / climate change, is quite difficult.

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