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Updated: 2011-12-22T22:33:35.345-06:00

 



Yes, environmentalism (as a movement emphasizing e...

2006-05-29T20:01:00.000-05:00

Yes, environmentalism (as a movement emphasizing environmental concerns and spawning such groups as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club) is a rich nation's luxury. Ask someone starving in Ethiopia if he'd rather have food or a windfarm, and the answer will be food.

I'm not saying environmentalism is unimportant; I'm saying that poor countries don't have the luxury to care about it as much as rich countries do because poor countries must be more concerned about feeding citizens than saving the whales.

Besides, Jesus was much more concerned about feeding the poor and clothing the naked than He was about animal husbandry regulations. Environmental concerns are important, but they are subservient to the basic concerns of feeding the hungry and healing the ill. We need to keep things in perspective - nature is for mankind, not the other way around. And all is for God.



Environmentalism is a rich nation's luxury? It's ...

2006-05-27T06:01:00.000-05:00

Environmentalism is a rich nation's luxury?

It's a poor nation's necessity, since the basics of food and fiber cannot be provided when the local ecosystems cannot support the activity. Desertification hammers poor people in Africa, China, India and South America. Bad water kills and maims thousands, mostly poor, on every continent. Lack of firewood due to overcutting kills thousands in Kenya and across Africa.

God's commandment to Adam, and then to Noah, to be stewards of the Earth came before there were poor people, with the understanding that without the Earth, our children have nothing.

Care of our environment is among the earliest commandments God gave. Love of God is not an excuse to ignore God's commandments, nor to give them less precedence.