If one logs onto Facebook or watches the news, it will not be long before the issue of climate change becomes the focus of argument and debate. Many Christians often give statements that closely mirror Representative Tim Walberg’s from a few months ago, “As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it” (Vox, 2017).
In today’s post, I want to discuss this issue and explain why Christians should be teaming up with scientists to help preserve the earth and a high quality of life for future generations. As a Christian that loves science and the scientific method, I feel that I can shed some light on this issue as I understand things. First, the argument that God can solve something is held by most Christians, but it does not stop most Christians from seeking medical help when they get sick or have a disease. They believe that God has given doctors the talent, knowledge, and education to handle physical maladies. Therefore, Christians should be open to at least discussing climate change with scientists, especially since they place their health in the hands of other scientists.
Second, the Bible and Christian principles, should motivate Christians to do more to make the planet a cleaner, safer place for everyone. What is my basis for this? God expects his people to be good stewards of the gifts that he has given them. No Christian would believe that gambling or drinking away one’s entire paycheck is being a good steward of the gift of money from a job. In fact, Christians believe that every gift comes from God and should be held with the utmost respect. Why is it that the Earth would not also apply to this principle? Christians believe that God created the Earth for man. This would be considered one of the greatest gifts God has given his people. Therefore, being a good steward of God’s gifts should lead Christians to want to take care of the Earth. Additionally, most Christians will admit that God works through people in many areas of life. Why would this be any different with the earth and taking care of our fresh water, ecosystems, etc.? Christians should believe that God would work through people to help preserve the planet.
Finally, Christians should be well versed in scripture. The Bible contains stories telling about one or a few people who have had profound effects on the blessings of future generations. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” With this knowledge, Christians should be trying to help future generations, including trying to ensure that the skies are not polluted. In parts of China, just walking outside is like smoking 2 packs of cigarettes. Is this the legacy that we want to leave to our descendants?
Whether a person believes in the science behind climate change, Christians really do not need any more reason to protect the planet than their own beliefs. Rather than being at war with climatologists, Christians should be on the front lines to preserve the Earth. This may be rather controversial with some of the people I know and some of my readers, but I think Christians should be more open-minded to dialogue concerning these things. God wants his people to be good stewards of every gift and to leave a good legacy for their grandchildren. Isn’t it at least worth discussing for nothing more than these reasons?
Vox, L. (2017, June 2). Perspective | Why don’t Christian conservatives worry about climate change? God. Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/02/why-dont-christian-conservatives-worry-about-climate-change-god/
I recently completed my PhD in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Wyoming. I have published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and have a book chapter coming early next year. I aim to explore issues of privilege and equity of education, especially as they pertain to STEM education.