Is it possible that Adventist churches in America could - instead of
hosting another tired round of evangelistic meetings this fall - do
some creation care advocacy in their local communities?
Did you know that the Adventist church actually has two voted statements on the environment?
A Statement on the Environment (1995)
Statement on Stewardship of the Environment (1996)
Those radicals, like Bob Folkenberg, approved this:
are dire predictions of global warming, rising sea levels, increasing
frequency of storms and destructive floods, and devastating
desertification and droughts.
These problems are largely due to human selfishness and greed which
result in ever-increasing production, unlimited consumption, and
depletion of nonrenewable resources. Solidarity with future generations
is discussed, but the pressure of immediate interests is given
priority. The ecological crisis is rooted in humankind's greed and
refusal to practice good and faithful stewardship."
That could kick off a stirring sermon.
We really have nothing to lose on this. The science is in. The
biblical basis has been established for awhile. Advocating for and
practicing the sustainability of God's creation is a great way to help out our coreligionists
(and everyone else) in the developing world and make our
communities and faith healthier as well.