I’ve long hoped for Christian scientists and scholars to take a public stand on climate change. Maybe that would debunk the climate-denial smoke-screens: that the science isn’t settled; or if it is, you can’t believe those godless scientists anyway.
That’s why I was so excited to see more than 200 evangelical scientists and scholars joining their voices on Wednesday to urge — to plead with — Congress to take action to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions. Their message is so simple:
- The creation is groaning under the weight of our over-use of fossil fuels;
- The burden will fall most heavily on the poor and the vulnerable;
- The Earth is already suffering and bearing enormous costs from human-induced climate change;
- We are commanded to do no harm to our neighbors, but our national policies are harming the whole world;
- The time for debate is over, and you must act now to protect God’s creation.
The complete text of the letter is reprinted below. Have a read; it’s short. And then ask yourself: If Christian scientists have spoken up, then how about Christian pastors, teachers, business professionals, students or [fill in your calling here]? Please, don’t let yourself be among the last Christians to get serious about the global assault on God’s good creation.
The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). Are you maybe what it’s been waiting for? Your scientist-brothers-and-sisters have spoken. Now it’s your turn. Continue reading