Car­ing for cre­ation

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

With all due re­spect to pastor Ed Drewlo and his decades of min­istry in P.G., I would like to sug­gest that his view of the­ol­ogy and cli­mate change is not the only Chris­tian per­spec­tive on this topic.

Many Chris­tian schol­ars/sci­en­tists/ecol­o­gists have come to different con­clu­sions.

Much could be said in re­sponse to the thoughts ex­pressed in Ed’s re­cent clergy com­ment ar­ti­cle; here are three com­ments:

1. Dis­agree­ments and ques­tion­ing have al­ways been a part of the sci­en­tific pro­cess. But as ev­i­dence ac­cu­mu­lates, dis­sent­ing voices no longer have the same credibilit­y.

2. Cer­tainly God is Creator and Sus­tainer, but as in our in­di­vid­ual lives we (mostly) live with the con­se­quences of our ac­tions, so also for our col­lec­tive ac­tions on the global scale.

3. The cli­mate cy­cles of the re­cent past ap­pear nowhere near the or­der of mag­ni­tude of what we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing to­day. In that sense, it no longer seems nat­u­ral.

For those of us in the pews, let us en­cour­age one another to be the good stew­ards of cre­ation that Ed sug­gests we be, not only in­di­vid­u­ally, but as we are able, to also ad­dress the broader is­sues pol­lu­tion and en­ergy use.

Dave Rem­pel Prince Ge­orge

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