Unholy environmental alliances
Columnist Rips Evangelical Leaders for Becoming ‘Trojan Horse’ for the Left (AgapePress). You have to think hard when reading that headline, trying to imagine in what universe evangelicals would somehow be the puppets of the homos, abortionists and wanton environmentalists, but we’ll get to that later.
The idea of evangelical environmentalism seemed a little incongruous at first, but I listened to a piece on NPR one day driving to work and it was an interesting concept. The initiative, called Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, is based on the belief that, as an evangelical Christians, global warning is also a social justice issue, because the poor in the end are the group most affected by the climate changes responsible for famine or flooding.
It’s interesting to note that there is a political schism on this in the religious community (no surprise of course). (NPR):
Some of the signatories have star power, at least in evangelical circles. Among them are Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church and author of the blockbuster book, The Purpose Driven Life; Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College’ David Neff, editor of Christianity Today; and Todd Bassett, national commander of the Salvation Army.
But the names of other evangelical heavyweights are conspicuously absent.
“I don’t see James Dobson. Is there a more influential evangelican than James Dobson?” observes Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “I don’t see Chuck Colson. I don’t see Franklin Graham. So these are obviously prominent evangelicans and I — please don’t in any way think that I am denigrating anyone who’s on this list — but it is not an exhaustive list of evangelical leaders, let’s put it that way.”
Land, along with Colson and Dobson, wrote a letter opposing the Evangelical Call to Action because, he says, there is not consensus about climate change among evangelicals. Land says the Bible makes clear that God expects human beings to take care of the earth. But “human beings come first in God’s created order,” he adds. “And that primacy must be given to human beings and for human betterment. If that means that other parts of nature take a back seat, well, then they take a back seat.”
Along those lines of disagreement with a dollop of unhinged railing, comes the wisdom of Brannon Howse, who is the co-host of a weekly Christian radio show, believing that the environmental initiative somehow promotes abortion and the Homosexual AgendaTM, calling the unity of environmentalists and the above-mentioned Christian leaders an “unholy alliance.”
“These are radical, leftist groups that have funded everything from same-sex marriage initiatives to abortion to distribution of abortion pamphlets and materials and ‘education’ on abortion. They’ve sponsored United Nations conferences on the issues of same-sex marriage and global warming and abortion.”— Brannon Howse, “Christian” columnist, on the evils of the new evangelical climate initiative
According to Howse, “evangelicalism cannot afford to take its cues from … Rick Warren and other leaders” who he says have shown “such unbiblical discernment” in signing on to such an initiative. Those signers, he suggests, are being used for stealthy purposes.
“These liberal foundations, these globalist foundations, have simply placed a Trojan horse inside evangelical circles,” he continues. “They have just co-opted some of the nation’s Christian leaders to now do their bidding and to give them cover.”