Sunday, March 4, 2007

I Wonder If Jor-El Had To Deal With These People?

In response to efforts by the National Association of Evangelicals to raise awareness among Christians about global warming, recent weeks have seen an uptick in activity by the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance. The ISA, which formed in 2006, represents the conservative wing of American evangelical Christianity partnered with free-market think-tanks and the four remaining scientists who still doubt global warming. Their position is laid out on their web site, and essentially boils down to: "Let's consume our way out of global warming."

Lead by Chuck Colson and James Dobson, the group has recently sent a letter protesting this effort on the part of the National Association of Evangelicals. As I read it, one sentence hopped right off the page at me:

"Evangelicals are to be first and foremost messengers of the good news of the gospel to a lost and dying world."

Lost people, sure. I buy that. That's my job as a pastor, and a task that's set before all Christians. That's the whole point of the Gospel.

But do we really have to do our evangelism on a dying world?