Last week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers debuted his documentary Is God Green? on PBS. The film comes at a time when evangelicals across this country are divided on environmental issues--most notably what is known as global warming. The film takes viewers inside the lives of evangelical Christians who have a deep concern for taking care of the environment and inside the national debate on global warming.
Sometimes we wonder about the hidden political agendas of journalists. Jimmy Akin over at JimmyAkin.org and today Tim Graham over at Newsbusters reported on this in the blogosphere: Moyers openly admitted before the broadcast that as a liberal Democrat, he was hoping to swing the evangelical vote so the Democrats could take over Congress. Moyers said this just minutes before an interview for the film with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, an associate professor of historical theology and social ethics at Fort Lauderdale-based Knox Theological Seminary. Beisner also is one of several authors of the paper "A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming" from the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, a group of diverse clergy that adopt the premise of Genesis 1:28 and believe the frenzied call to address global warming now is exaggerated. The paper is signed by more than 130 theologians, scholars and scientists, including former director of the National Hurricane Center Neil L. Frank.
The new term for this new green movement among some evangelicals is â€œcreation care,â€ the notion that as believers we are responsible for being good stewards of Godâ€™s property. While caring for the earth is a principle outlined in Genesis 2:15, we can't ignore Genesis 1:28, where God commands Adam and Eve to "fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Clearly there is a balance AND an important warning.
This new idea of caring for the environment by supporting a global warming initiative has received criticism from the evangelical community for being the issue that far-left environmental groups push behind a conservative disguise. I'll be blogging about some of the reporting I've done on this topic in the future. But for now, the challenge for Christians is clear: We are not called to worship the creation above the Creator, and we need to carefully examine our alliances.