The cover of Time magazine pictures a bereft polar bear on the cover and reads: “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” The story begins by saying “No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth.” The article goes on to detail how the earth has reached some unfortunate tipping points in global climate change do to human activity. I first became acquainted with the idea of global warming in high school, but I’ve been hesitant, much to hesitant, to say much about it because of the controversy. Well apparently the controversy is gone.
Scripture tells us that “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24.1, NRSV) We have been poor stewards of God’s good creation. Especially those of us in the U.S. which, as Time notes “is home to less than 5% of the population, but produces 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions.” It is time to change that. Christians have started taking notice, including such luminaries as Rev. Jim Wallis and Rev. Rick Warren, two of the founders of the Evangelical Climate Initiative. I’m glad that Christians have started focusing on this issue. As Paul wrote to the Collossians In the book of Genesis, God tells us that we have been given stewardship over the earth. It is about time we started taking that responsibility seriously, we have a Biblical mandate to care for God’s good creation.
Read the article to learn more (if you don’t subscribe to Time you can read it online (like I did).