For Baptist preacher and divine Russell Moore, the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is else than an environmental disaster, a corporate fiasco or a political failure.
Stress and obscurity have caused nearly 3,000 in Louisiana to seek counseling.
To Moore, it is a meander point that could shape how evangelical Christians view the environment. He says is could prevail upon people as powerfully as Roe vs. Wade shaped how they scan abortion.
Before the Roe vs. Wade decision, most evangelicals assumed that bioethical questions werent theirs to argue, he said, but after the ruling, the issue “pierced through” their consciences.
“I hold the same is the case when we see this horrific ecological upshot. We simply cant be at the place were some evangelicals were precursory to this of simply dismissing the whole idea of environmental bulwark as Al Gores cause and the cause of hippies attached their food co-op,” he said.
In a blog post earlier this month, Moore, who is the dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote a suit to his community, calling for a reassessment of evangelicals “uneasy ecological moral faculty.
Preacher Evangelicals Should Apply Skepticism of Government to Corporations, Individuals
“Weve had each inadequate view of human sin,” he wrote. “Because we believe in at liberty markets, weve acted as though this means we should sell to on credit corporations to protect the natural resources and habitats. But a laissez-faire look on of government regulation of corporations is akin to the youth parson who lets the teenage girl and boy sleep in the same sleeping bag at church camp because he believes in young people.”
He reported that caring for God means caring for Gods creation. And to bestow that, Christians need to hold the government, corporations and individuals responsible.
“Evangelicals, at least conservative evangelicals, tend to have a healthy skepticism of government,” he said. “But often we havent applied that identical skepticism to corporations or technology our own consumption of resources. Im trade for a distribution of our skepticism to ourselves and to every aspect of our lives.
At the Southern Baptist Conventions yearly report meeting this month, he helped write a resolution expressing a similar sentiment.