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David Barton of Wallbuilders talks about the scriptural basis for the rights due to all mankind as stewards and care-takers of the earth.The globalism of the environmentalist movement derives from post-structuralism, which recognizes cultural differences but requires that they be set aside for the purpose of global unity. While that might seem nice, what it entails is that rights are derived from government, and government will dictate what is best in order to accommodate a utilitarian ethic. This destroys the right to self-determination, a fundamental principle of American government. Rights come from God. All that need be done to see the pros and cons of either side is to look at the former Soviet Union, and how people fared in that political structure, versus how they have fared in America.
Environmentalism's unintended consequences prevents Christians from exercising dominion for caring, not only for ourselves, but for the truly needy. Inordinately taxing the poor via carbon credits or other energy taxes means we are making widows and orphans destitute when they could afford a higher standard of living. Preventing developing countries from industrializing means citizens of those countries can't procure better salaries. Industrialized countries who then have the audacity to proscribe a state of poverty to other nations are violating Matthew 25:40 where Jesus says, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family talks about the inherent politicization of climate science via the development of post-normal science. The goal of post-normal science is manipulation for the sake of political brevity, compromising integrity for action.
Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Conventions "Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission," speaks about the tragedy of banning the pesticide DDT. It was banned because of environmentalists claimed a cancer risk, and a risk to predatory birds. Neither was ever proven. The ban on manufacturing the chemical caused the needless deaths of millions from the 1970's on from Malaria, mostly children. It is a prime example of how reactionary alarmism, promoted by the environmental cause, harmed millions of the poorest and most-helpless in the world.
Radical Environmentalists use selective language and half-truths to emote Christian feelings for an unbiblical worldview. Christians should be good stewards, but radical environmentalists believe caring means not interfering with nature. Man cultivates the earth, making it productive, safe and clean; nature is wild, unproductive, dangerous, and disease-ridden.
The environmentalist movement uses every propaganda tool at its disposal to indoctrinate children: schools, movies, social opinion and repetition. Christians must be vigilant in training their children to recognize God's truth as revealed in scripture and effectively using it as the lens by which all claims are judged.
Environmentalism frequently states it is, or actually is, an attempt at compassion. It is also, frequently, extremely misguided about its attempts at compassion. The poor need compassion, yet environmentalist laws and regulations restrict access to resources, extenuating the ability of the poor to use them to either subsist or elevate their position. This extreme regressive tax has negative moral implications for the environmentalist movement. True compassion seeks to empower the poor without hurting others, not hurt everyone especially the poor.
The legal definition of "religion" in the U.S. is something akin to "anything you believe so strongly it affects how you live." Regardless of whether or not that fits a Christian definition, being relativistic in its assumptions, it does give Christians occasion to consider the environmentalist movement as something aside from what propaganda would have us believe. Given that definition environmentalism is fully a religion as David Barton from Wallbuilders points out. If the progressive left wants to keep religion out of government, they should be equal opportunity.
"The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child" provides nothing of the sort. Aside from how dubious it is to claim governments are more righteous than the individual people that make up those societies, the treaty is simply a tool of indoctrination and propaganda for environmentalism (among other things). Parental rights will be set aside as an indoctrinating government bureaucracy that holds ultimate rights over your children takes over. Dr. Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Defense Association, reveals the true agenda behind "The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child," one that includes mandatory environmentalist propaganda. We already see public school based conscription into the environmentalist movement in America, largely through in class assignments to make "green pledges," or political activism.
Wendy Wright, former President of Concerned Women of America, hits the nail on the head: environmentalist solutions to problems are always government mandates. If climate change were catastrophic and anthropogenic it would still be kinder and gentler to use private resources and education to progress the message. Nevertheless environmentalists look to global treaties and mandatory levies to accomplish their goals of saving mankind from itself. If need be, rights become privileges to ensure 'utilitarian happiness.'
Frank Wright, President and CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, propounds economic development as the solution to biblical stewardship, poverty and human suffering, and environmental concern. Children die from the largely preventable causes of starvation and disease every night, 15,000 souls. The best way to help those people long term is through economic development, making the "first world" come to the "third world" through increased wealth. If resources are restricted by environmental policies those in the "third world" will have no hope of improved conditions.
Janet Parshall, Author and National Radio Host, reminds Christians not only of their duty to the poor, but their duty to allow the poor to partake in God's gifts. We must allow the poor to develop for themselves so they may participate in the high, productive and efficient standard of living we in the West enjoy. Thankfully this is an environmental principle too; wealthy people have the desire and capacity to create efficient, innovative and aesthetically pleasing means of production. People who fear starving aren't concerned with "sustainability." Environmental concerns are luxuries of the first world.
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop discusses the importance of including climate change ideas into the Christian worldview. Ignorance of the worldview behind environmentalism, and cultural separation of the issue makes Christians, and the whole world, vulnerable to attack by an anti-biblical movement. Christians need to demonstrate we are not only good stewards, but better stewards of the environment.
Dr. Steve Hayward reminds all of us to be personally involved in studying the issue of environmental science. Those who do not learn for themselves the issues of environmental science stand in a precarious position, that of ignorance. Ignorance will not be bliss if through ignorance we allow others to steal our rights or mislead us.
Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, discusses the blessings of children. Children are the LORD's inheritance, the beginning of a legacy, and the primary means of building God's church. Thomas Malthus, and many since including Paul Ehrlich, have stated that the earth has a population limit; therefore, our children are an ever increasing tax on the earth's fragile and limited resources. The earth is meant to be cultivated and populated by the people.
Peter Jones discusses the uniqueness of Christianity in its transcendent and loving God who yet remains apart from His creation.
Psalm 8:6-9 (ESV)
Bishop Harry Jackson reminds us all of how government regulations, sensationalism and fear-based economic policies on means of energy production create a regressive tax for the poor. The situation Bishop Jackson gives is worse for non-US residents, because even the poor in the U.S. are comparatively rich.
Dr. Frank Wright of National Religious Broadcasters on the two great commands God has issued in Genesis 1 and Matthew 28, and how earthly and spiritual concerns don't have to compete with one another.
Author and National Radio Host Janet Parshall discusses the fundamental difference between Christianity and Radical Environmentalism. On the one hand you have stewardship of the earth and its resources; on the other, worship of the earth as God. The two are incompatible.
Are humans the real problem with the environment? Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America sheds some light on the disturbing anti-human nature of new environmental policies.
AFA Director Bryan Fischer talks about the theological basis for environmental care - specifically the ideas of 'Oneism' and 'Twoism', and how heavily they influence our methods of caring for the earth.
Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi gives a personal account of a village in India, whose worship of nature has impoverished and endangered their people.
With the many voices arguing different points on climate, creation, and the best way to care for our environment, how do we know what to believe? Janet Parshall encourages us to start with God's Word.
Rev. Dr. James Tonkowich, Senior Fellow at Cornwall Alliance, compares the fundamentally opposing beliefs of the Christian church and Environmentalists.
Pastor Jack Hibbs (Calvary Chapel Chino Hills) advocates a balanced, biblical view of environmental stewardship, citing southern California as an example.