Politics According to the Bible–The Environment

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Wayne Grudem dedicates a lengthy chapter to the contentious issue of environmental policy in his new book Politics According to the Bible (Zondervan 2010). 

Grudem begins by reminding his readers that God made the earth “very good” but also commanded those made in His image and likeness to “subdue it.”  He goes on to state that after sin infected God’s creation, there is no such thing as a “natural state” as evidenced by natural terrors like tsunamis and hurricanes.  Thus, he argues that it is not “unchristian” to support economic development as long as it is not unduly destructive or wasteful.

Grudem asserts that most radical environmentalists who scream about global warming and push for a return to a “natural state” frequently cite poor data or misleading figures to support their arguments. Contrary to environmental chicken littles, Grudem contends that: global population is stabilizing; we currently use approximately 1/3 of the world’s arable land; food production is increasing; the 12% of the earth’s population who go hungry do so for political reasons not for lack of resources; access to clean water has increased from 30% of the population in 1970 to 80% in 2000; air quality has drastically improved (in fact pollution has decreased 90% since 1930); wise use of landfills and recycling has become the norm in industrial nations; and deforestation has stabilized and life expectancy has radically increased. Thus, things are getting much better!

What about global warming? Grudem reminds radical environmentalists that a great deal of global warming is natural and beyond the control of humans.  Moreover, the apocalyptic predictions of radicals like former Vice-President Al Gore are based on worst case scenarios from computer models that, as the Climategate scandal taught us, are misleading if not wholly inaccurate (if you don’t know remember Climategate, it was a series of emails that proved that many progressive scientists were publishing inaccurate data to support their previous claims of global catastrophy).

Grudem recognizes that, especially in the 3rd world and up and coming economic powers like India and China that there is a great deal of waste and destructive environmental practices. He acknowledges that care of the environment is a stewardship issue but he simply refuses to buy into distorted data used as scare tactics to push a radical liberal agenda and I wholeheartedly agree.

Tomorrow, we look at national defense.

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