Andrew Sullivan noted on Sunday that part of the driving force towards environmentalism in USA is the evangelicals. Good words, And great to see Ted Hagard get a mention. But if American churches wanted to really cut down on the 11% of the WORLD’s energy use that gets used on American roads, then churches may have to cut back their programing and not demand so many trips to the church building during the week. Maybe multi-generational programs will be a better way to go.
From the article:
“Lately, many evangelicals have also begun campaigning for what they call ”creation care“. ”Environmentalism“ sounded too hippie for their tastes.
Mankind, they argue, has a duty to be a good steward of God’s world. And that means energy conservation. ”The environment is a values issue,“ the Rev Ted Haggard, president of the 30m-member National Association of Evangelicals, recently told The Washington Post. ”There are significant and compelling theological reasons why it should be a banner issue for the Christian right.“
The evangelical magazine Christianity Today editorialised last autumn that ”Christians should make it clear to governments and businesses that we are willing to adapt our lifestyles and support steps towards changes that protect our environment“. ”