World Religions Push For Global Warming Action

We evangelicals can’t get our priorities straight, I guess:

Negotiators from around the world at the two-week conference are working on a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. The pact is meant to be completed for a major climate forum in Copenhagen in December, but a deal is far from certain.

Religious leaders chastised governments for placing national advantage ahead of preserving the human species and negotiators for lacking a sense of urgency.

We are one humanity with a single fate,” said Stuart Scott, director of the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change project. The declaration, endorsed by prominent adherents of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism, was handed to Yvo de Boer, the UN climate chief.

“Stewardship and reverence for creation are central tenants [sic] of all faiths on Earth,” the declaration said.

It’s a sad sight. I do agree that God’s people have a responsibility to care for creation, and having grown up in the mountains I love nature as much as anyone. But even nature isn’t worth compromising God’s truth, and that’s what these “representatives” are doing. Theologically speaking, we are not one humanity, we are two – those still “in Adam,” and those “in Christ.” More to the point, all humanity does not share one fate – that’s universalism, an inevitable consequence of ecumenism. Those who die apart from Christ, who are still “in Adam,” will suffer a much different fate than those “in Christ”: those apart from Christ are cut off and will spend eternity in hell, while Christ’s people will enjoy eternal life in a renewed earth.

Those who profess to follow Christ ought to follow his example and preach the good news of this Kingdom to as many as possible so that they might enjoy a truly renewed creation, and more importantly, know the God who made it all.

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