Using the Church to Achieve Environmental Goals
The message of the Bible is being used against us by the climate change movement. Let’s pray against these deceptions.
From Capital Research Center. Creation care has been locked in a kind of stasis for most of the past decade, but there are reasons to believe activists haven’t given up. In fact, they’ve launched a second (albeit smaller) creation care crusade, continuing the goal of redefining “pro-life.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s because Creation Care 2.0 is an update of the old agenda with a more sophisticated strategy. The campaign is headed by New America, a nominally centrist think tank …
New America’s 2015 autopsy report (“Spreading the Gospel of Climate Change”) was authored by Lydia Bean, a Democrat candidate for the Texas state legislature and founder of Faith in Texas, a left-wing get-out-the-vote operation; and Steve Teles, a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University and a fellow at the eco-Right group Niskanen Center.
The report’s goal is blatantly partisan, advising leftists on how to use climate change to form a “solid beachhead” within Evangelicalism to drive a wedge between them and the Republican Party. In an online panel held shortly after the report’s release, the authors explained the varying deceptions at the heart of the old bipartisan model:
You can put your resources into a 20-year campaign to change public opinion, and what both Lydia [Bean] and Jerry [Taylor, president of the Niskanen Center] are saying is that ultimately that doesn’t really matter.
You can rely on the traditional bipartisan coalition-building method which entails getting the great and the good together and then doing a sort of “rent-an-Evangelical”—as we used to call it on the national security side, “rent-a-general”—model. …
And then there’s the transpartisan [model]: we’re going to collect strange bedfellows, we’re going to sort of sneakily break down both coalitions from inside [emphasis added]. …
Creation care never generated widespread sympathy from Evangelicals, the argument goes, because global warming was always seen as a liberal issue that conservatives couldn’t get behind without undermining their political position. Just as importantly, the first campaign leaned too heavily on “elites” and didn’t generate grassroots support from the congregations themselves. Most Christians didn’t buy what creation care advocates were selling, particularly if it carried a policy objective. And few local pastors were interested in preaching their message.
So the new strategy doesn’t try to make global warming centrist, but biblical—and conservatives would have no choice but to support it. …
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(Excerpt from Capital Research Center. Photo Credit: Canva)
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