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    This Sunday our chruch had a guest speaker giving the sermon. He talked about the some of the "evils of this age". Some of them were pretty predicatable, even if you disagree (abortion, materialism, moral relativism etc) but he mentioned environmentalism as well. I'm honestly baffled by this. What I was always taught is like "God has given people stewardship of His precious creation, so we need to take good care of it." Am I being naive or uninformed here?

    (PS I know that lots of Christians DON'T take care of the environment, but I was always told that they SHOULD.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    This Sunday our chruch had a guest speaker giving the sermon. He talked about the some of the "evils of this age". Some of them were pretty predicatable, even if you disagree (abortion, materialism, moral relativism etc) but he mentioned environmentalism as well. I'm honestly baffled by this. What I was always taught is like "God has given people stewardship of His precious creation, so we need to take good care of it." Am I being naive or uninformed here?

    (PS I know that lots of Christians DON'T take care of the environment, but I was always told that they SHOULD.)
    That is also how I remember it, but also remember that the Bible tells us that we are to use what is provided for us by the earth. It has to be a happy medium, never use more than you need never take more than you will use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    This Sunday our chruch had a guest speaker giving the sermon. He talked about the some of the "evils of this age". Some of them were pretty predicatable, even if you disagree (abortion, materialism, moral relativism etc) but he mentioned environmentalism as well. I'm honestly baffled by this. What I was always taught is like "God has given people stewardship of His precious creation, so we need to take good care of it." Am I being naive or uninformed here?

    (PS I know that lots of Christians DON'T take care of the environment, but I was always told that they SHOULD.)
    Curious what church you attend arm_spin? Sounds like it supports a very radical right wing agenda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    This Sunday our chruch had a guest speaker giving the sermon. He talked about the some of the "evils of this age". Some of them were pretty predicatable, even if you disagree (abortion, materialism, moral relativism etc) but he mentioned environmentalism as well. I'm honestly baffled by this. What I was always taught is like "God has given people stewardship of His precious creation, so we need to take good care of it." Am I being naive or uninformed here?

    (PS I know that lots of Christians DON'T take care of the environment, but I was always told that they SHOULD.)
    I've heard similar sermons but the pastor or person giving the sermon always defines environmentalism as worshiping the environment, treating the earth as something more than a creation, or even as something more valuable than humans.
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    CS, I attend an ELCIC (Canadian version of ELCA) Lutheran church. As a demonination we are pretty liberal politically. My own church is probably more conservative than most ELCIC congregations, but I've never heard the regular pastors say anything political.

    Snackem; maybe that's what he meant.

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    I would tackle him on it Spin & then let us know. It could be political. I know that the WWF is not all it is cracked up to be & neither is the SPCA. Most of the environmental movement is fairly left wing in its support but Republican Teddy Roosevelt was a big proponent of the National Park system. I think that it is a very needed "ism" & it is unfortunate if people politicize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kr1963 View Post
    Most of the environmental movement is fairly left wing in its support but Republican Teddy Roosevelt was a big proponent of the National Park system.
    A bunch of the other big environmental laws (the national environmental policy act for sure, and a couple of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act) came about under Nixon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    CS, I attend an ELCIC (Canadian version of ELCA) Lutheran church. As a demonination we are pretty liberal politically. My own church is probably more conservative than most ELCIC congregations, but I've never heard the regular pastors say anything political.

    Snackem; maybe that's what he meant.
    I'm ELCA, as well. As a rule, these aren't things that you'll hear in an ELCA sermon, and DEFINITELY not one at my specific church. Our pastor definitely holds to the view that we are to be stewards of the earth.

    I was raised Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran, and that would be heard at an LCMS sermon, but not a typical ELCA sermon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    A bunch of the other big environmental laws (the national environmental policy act for sure, and a couple of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act) came about under Nixon.
    ...as well as Reagan when he was Governor.
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