On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be exiting the Paris Accords.
Many mainstream Protestant denominations denounced these actions. The Vatican denounced it. However, Evangelical Christians did not.
President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Al Mohler said in his podcast that the “secular” environmental movement goes against the purpose of creation, which was for humans to have dominion over the planet.
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), a graduate of evangelical schools Taylor University and Wheaton College, said at a town hall last week in Coldwater, Michigan:
“As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.”
Evangelicals have not really been a part of the debate on the environment over the last decade. According to a Pew Research study, only 28-percent of Evangelicals believe that human activity is causing climate change.
Robin Globus Veldman, a religious studies professor at Iowa State University who is working on a book on evangelicals and climate change, said:
“Environmentalists were caught in the crossfire because they were positioned on the other side of the aisle and tend to be less religious. They started to be described as allied with the people who were trying to push Christianity out of the public square.”
Many conservative Evangelicals, especially those from older generations, will never accept that climate change is real and happening. However, we can try and appeal to the more liberal and moderate Evangelical Christians.
Veldman also said:
“A lot of people portray evangelicals as anti-science. Evangelicals accept a lot of science, just not the parts that conflict their faith.”
The problem is that science isn’t a pick and choose thing. Reality isn’t a pick and choose thing. Facts are facts, and climate change is happening.
Here is President Trump’s statement on the Paris Climate Accord (after the jump):
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