"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth." (Col. 1:16)

Submitted by mike on Thu, 02/09/2006 - 8:26 pm

Many leaders of the Evangelical movement came together this week to stand up for the environment. Though not all evangelicals agree with their stance, the leaders cited Bible verses for the change in their position, and are urging government, businesses and individuals to cut emissions to combat global warming.

It's a shame then that President Bush does not share the views of the majority of his proponents.  Despite the fact that the President just recently promised in his State of the Union address to help to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, and pledged more research money for alternative fuel sources, his proposed budget revealed only days later, tells a different story.  Environmental causes on the whole were slashed by 13 percent.  Now, this may not seem terribly significant, but when you consider the fact that our natural environment is teetering on a ledge that we may never be able to retreat from, it becomes more significant.  And instead of getting the additional funding needed to reverse the trend, budgets are being cut despite Bush's recent promises

The Evangelical leaders are also asking politicians to draft legislation mandating emission reductions in carbon dioxide, but President Bush opposes these mandatory reductions, insisting they will hurt the economy.  And instead of funding energy conservation programs, the cheapest way to increase supply of energy sources, Bush's 2007 budget calls for an 18 percent cut to energy efficient programs.  As the final kicker, as reported just today, President Bush proposes selling over 300,000 acres of National Forest to fund rural schools.  I've got a better idea:  let's do away with the tax break to the wealthiest 1% of the nation, or better yet, increase the tax on the oil companies, who have enjoyed their heftiest profits ever, while middle to low-income families, and are taking it in the wallet.  There would be plenty of money to fund schools, combat terrorism, and save the forests, and hopefully reverse global warming.

The commands of Jesus in the Bible are clear.  We are to "love our neighbors" (Mark 12:30-31), "do unto others as we would have them do unto us" (Luke 6:31), care for "the least of these" (Matthew 25:40-45), and be proper "stewards of His creation" (Luke 12:42-48).   It's nice to know that Evangelicals are holding themselves to these standards.  If only President Bush and Congress would take these views into consideration and stop carrying out the usual Conservative agenda.  After all, as a poignant bumper sticker pointedly asks, "What exactly are Conservatives conserving?"

It's high time to do away with political labels and stereotypes and come together as Americans, as humans, as "stewards" of the earth.  I'm pretty sure it's what Jesus would want us to do.

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slice (not verified)

Mon, 02/13/2006 - 1:26 am

What burns my ass are all these big laborious ugly gas guzzling SUVs, driven

by stupid idiots.

When I'm on the road, I often see 2,3,or 4 of them in a row. At least more

than 50% of drivers on the road in my town have them. At least every other

car is a big fat SUV or Surburban.

And not only that, they often only have 1 or 2 people riding in them, and

gun it at the green lights and stop signs. I don't know how they afford the

gas. The bank probably owns everything they have. Stupid fuckers probably

have so much debt they'll never get out... probably just die and have their

children inherit it. Probably too stupid to even balance a checkbook.

These people don't get it bro. Every time they drive one of these SUVs...

more so when they gun it from the stop, they're putting the hands of all

Americans into these whacko's in the middle east.

We're slaves to these freakers and their oilfields... people who know

nothing of peace.. but are all about war, and killing, and crazy ideas like

thinking the holocaust was just an invention.

Stupid motherfuckers... I get so tired of hearing how so and so is bombing

and killing so and so over there.

I would really like to see the US decrease oil consumption, but without

government mandates to force increased sales of Hybrids and alternative

energy sources for electricity, and without marketing public awareness of

exactly which crazy middle east fucker the oil comes from, this percentage

of stupid unaware US public will continue on being stupid and unaware.

They don't get it bro. These people... these idiots in their SUVs driving

them around town like they were sports cars.

fortlauderdaledude (not verified)

Mon, 02/13/2006 - 1:13 pm

Dear Grateful Web:

On content, I largely agree with you. You may have overlooked one thing. Bush himself is a born-again, evangelical Christian, who actually believes that his decision making process, on all issues, reflects the will of God. So the rest of us mortals can only conclude that his master plan for energy conservation must rely, in some way, on a continuation of global warming. Bush may be thinking that global warming will reduce consumption for home heating in the winter. So he may actually believe that global warming is not a consequence of the energy problem, but God's solution to it. As a follower of Christ, Bush couldn't possibly have an ulterior motive, such as the further enrichment of his friends and relatives in the energy industry, because that would be gluttonous and sinful.

The following verse sums up the essence of the evangelical mentality:

"I don't care if it rains or freezes,

as long as I got my plastic Jesus,

riding on the dashboard of my car;

I can go a hundred miles an hour,

as long as I got the Almighty Power,

put up there by my pair of fuzzy dice."

- Don Imus, as "The Right Reverend Dr. Billy Saul Hargess, of the First Church Of The Gooey Death And Discount House Of Worship, in Del Rio, Texas, the GOLD BUCKLE of the Bible Belt."