Christianity Today, the evangelical rag that recently had a devout Roman Catholic as Editor-in-Chief for three years and never did or say anything about it, is back with a new predictably woke opinion piece opining that the building and construction of solar panels on churches is a ‘gospel issue.’
The article, written by Adam MacInnis, profiles “creation care” advocates like Bob Whitaker who want to see “clean energy projects at churches across the state, dramatically increasing the number of evangelical congregations committed to creation care in a very practical way.”
“This whole thing for me has been a bit of a conversion,” said Whitaker, who has pastored at Evangelical Community Church for 22 years. “I didn’t grow up thinking this way. I didn’t begin serving this church with this mentality…. Among evangelicals—churches, pastors, even theologians—we’ve focused on the salvation of the soul to the exclusion of other parts I now consider to be part of the Good News.
His change was gradual—an expansion of his understanding of how the gospel applies to everyday life and a growing sense that God’s people should treat the earth not as consumers but as caretakers. Now, he wants to take the next step.”
While there is no reason to read the article further after that point, it is a bit amazing to consider what they believe the ‘good news’ to be.
The article breathlessly exclaims that one church “reduced electricity use by 27% and natural gas use by more than 60%.” For another congregation, a third of the church members likewise reduced their “personal energy usage,” some up to 40%.
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, spokesman for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, proudly proffers that “More than 50,000 people have signed a petition that says, “As a pro-life Christian, I believe pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that lasts a lifetime.” He touts:
The pro-life petitioners are pushing for a repeal of House Bill 6, which sharply lowered the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while providing a financial bailout to two coal plants and two nuclear power plants.
Schapp writes that the failure to fight for creation care and the environment is a blight to the church, and that “it’s impossible to ignore the threat that climate change is imposing to life around the world. We want to be consistent to our values. We value life from the womb to the tomb.”
Speaking of threats to the life of Church, the planet, and the body, this whole article is filled with them.
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