Thursday, May 15, 2008

We Get It

A group of Christian organizations have come together in a national campaign to stand united for genuine biblical stewardship of our environment and in defense of the poor. They say, "...our environmental stewardship must not be based on mere emotions, or media hype – but on firm Biblical principles, and solid scientific and economic facts." The coalition includes The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, The Family Research Council, The Institute on Religion and Democracy, Wallbuilders, and Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, among others.

"Rather than consumers and polluters, we maintain that humans are stewards and creators—co-creators with God himself in whose image we humans have been made. A biblical and historic Christian approach to the environment understands that Earth was shaped by a benevolent Creator to be the habitat that sustains and enriches human life. Human creativity and human industry sustain and enrich the Earth while allowing us to obey Jesus’ command that we love God and neighbor.
The "We Get It!" campaign is nothing more than good theology, simply stated and applied to questions of the environment. It acknowledges the sovereign God as creator of all things, humans who are in God’s image as producers and stewards, the redemption available through Jesus Christ, and the obligation to love our neighbors wisely and appropriately." Rev. James Tonkowich, IRD President

The We Get It! Declaration:
God Said It
God created everything. He made us in His own image, and commanded us to be fruitful and multiply and watch over His creation. Although separated from God by our sin, we are lovingly restored through Jesus Christ, and take responsibility for being good stewards.
We Get It
Our stewardship of creation must be based on Biblical principles and factual evidence. We face important environmental challenges, but must be cautious of claims that our planet is in peril from speculative dangers like man-made global warming.
They Need It
With billions suffering in poverty, environmental policies must not further oppress the world’s poor by denying them basic needs. Instead, we must help people fulfill their God-given potential as producers and stewards.
Let’s Do It
We will follow our Lord Jesus Christ and honor God as we use and share the principles of His Word to care for the poor and tend His creation.

You can view a short video and read more about this at They are looking for one million signatures to stand with them in their campaign for responsible Christian stewardship.

(Hat Tip: The Reformed Pastor)

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