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Sunday, February 6, 2005

'Creation care': Environmentalism for Evangelicals.

The Washington Post reports on green Evangelicals:

Thanks to the Rev. Leroy Hedman, the parishioners at Georgetown Gospel Chapel take their baptismal waters cold. The preacher has unplugged the electricity-guzzling heater in the immersion baptism tank behind his pulpit. He has also installed energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs throughout the church and has placed water barrels beneath its gutter pipes — using runoff to irrigate the congregation's all-organic gardens.

Such "creation care" should be at the heart of evangelical life, Hedman says, along with condemning abortion, protecting family and loving Jesus. He uses the term "creation care" because, he says, it does not annoy conservative Christians for whom the word "environmentalism" connotes liberals, secularists and Democrats.

It's amazing to me that evangelicals haven't gone quicker for the green," Hedman said. "But as creation care spreads, evangelicals will demand different behavior from politicians. The Republicans should not take us for granted."

There is growing evidence — in polling and in public statements of church leaders — that evangelicals are beginning to go for the green. Despite wariness toward mainstream environmental groups, a growing number of evangelicals view stewardship of the environment as a responsibility mandated by God in the Bible.

"The environment is a values issue," said the Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals. "There are significant and compelling theological reasons why it should be a banner issue for the Christian right."

("The Greening of Evangelicals: Christian Right Turns, Sometimes Warily, to Environmentalism," Blaine Harden, Washington Post 2.6.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 6 February 2005 at 8:02 AM

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Joseph Santos-Lyons:

February 6, 2005 08:52 AM | Permalink for this comment

Hey Chris -
I took a terrific class at EDS with Kwok Pui Lan last year on God and Creation. In it, we studied the Christian response to the environmental problems of society. Interestingly, evangelicals have been instrumental in the last decade. In particular, they were coalesced around the endangered species, clean air and clean water acts helping to fend off attacks from Newt Gingrich led Congress in the mid 1990's.

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