Friday, June 4, 2010

Oil Spill ... and the "Uneasy Evangelical Conscience"

"I’ve left my hometown lots of times. But never like this.

Sure, I’ve teared up as I’ve left family and friends for a while, knowing I’d see them again the next time around. And, yes, I cried every day for almost a year in the aftermath of a hurricane that almost wiped my hometown off the map. But I’ve never left like this, wondering if I’ll ever see it again, if my children’s children will ever know what Biloxi was."

Finally, a mainstream articulation of Christian ecology.
As E. told me, it's about time.

Russell D. Moore, "Ecological Catastrophe and the Uneasy Evangelical Conscience"

A. "We’ve had an inadequate view of human sin.

Because we believe in free markets, we’ve acted as though this means we should trust corporations to protect the natural resources and habitats. [...]"

B. "We’ve seen the issue of so-called “environmental protection” as someone else’s issue.

[...] we’ve been willing not simply to vote for candidates who will protect unborn human life (as we ought to), but to also in the process adopt their worldviews on every other issue. [...] But perhaps the void is being filled by leftists and liberals and wannabe liberal evangelicals simply because those who ought to know better are off doing something else. [,,.]"

C. "We’ve had an inadequate view of human life and culture.

[...] What’s being threatened is a culture. [...] When the natural environment is used up, unsustainable for future generations, cultures die. [...]"

D. "Finally, we’ve compromised our love.

[...] Pollution kills people. Pollution dislocates families. Pollution defiles the icon of God’s Trinitarian joy, the creation of his theater (Ps. 19; Rom. 1). Will people believe us when we speak about the One who brings life and that abundantly, when they see that we don’t care about that which kills and destroys? [...]"


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"We’ve had an inadequate view of human sin."

I would say so. I have never understood the mentality that comes across often on conservative talk radio, that, as some leftists have accurately described, seems to be a worship of the market.

We have all sorts of laws that govern the way that ordinary people do business with one another, to protect people from being ripped off. And just like hackers in cyberspace there are always crooked people looking for another way around the rules in order to scam people. It comes under the heading, "Thou shalt not steal."

So why, knowing human concupiscence, would we think that huge corporations or massive houses of money changers would not take any and every opportunity to rip people off, or at least duck around the rules if they can get away with it.

By all accounts that I have seen it seems apparent that BP was cutting corners on safety.

Conservative Christians have been naive if they have assumed that free markets are some panacea for corporate or institutional malfeasance. That is just as silly as saying that low unemployment stops purse snatching.