I spent some time, growing up, in a church community that used the very churchy word “stewardship” to refer to taking care of what God has given you. The New Testament story told by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew was frequently the one used to illustrate this. Strangely, the same people who talked about stewardship would sarcastically deride the idea of climate change (we called it global warming back then) as an invention of … I don’t know. I don’t think they were very clear on who was making up a panic about a dying physical environment. They probably didn’t know either, so … probably … the devil? We blamed a lot of things on the devil.
This has been something that has been a heck of a head scratcher for me over the years. Why would any person who claimed to be a Christian be against taking care of the environment?
This is the sort of stuff that I want to see more of:
Nesima Aberra writing for Vox: The religious case for caring about climate change.
In Aberra’s interview with Brooks Berndt, he references the pope’s stance on climate change, which has been fantastically progressive compared to the dismissive stance that seems to have been the normal one from American Evangelicals.
If we believe God created this world for us, why would we not take care of it?