Young-Earth creationism, paganism, Earth Day, and 20 questions
Is Earth Day an opportunity for Christians to serve and witness, or a pagan and secular holiday that is inherently anti-Christian?
Many Evangelical Christians are highly suspicious of the environmental movement. Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham wrote about Earth Day on his blog today, calling it “Eliminating All References To Him Day.” To many Christians such as Ham, Earth Day is a pagan, anti-Christian holiday, and an example of humans putting the creation over the Creator.
On the other hand, there is a growing “creation care” movement within Evangelicalism, with groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network advocating for various environmental issues.
Here are some questions:
- Is Earth Day an opportunity for Christians to serve and witness, or a pagan and secular holiday that is inherently anti-Christian?
- Is the creation out there just for our good, or are we here for the creation’s good as well?
- A central YEC teaching is that Adam’s fall into sin brought radical changes to the Earth. How does this influence YEC perspectives on environmental issues?
- How can Christians advocate creation care without putting the creation over the creator?
- What are ways that a Christian could participate in a community Earth Day fair?
- Can a Christian be a member of the Sierra Club?
- Is it a sin to pollute?
- Is wilderness a good thing, or something to be brought actively under human dominion?
- Is the only good animal a tamed animal?
- Is the only good resource an exploited resource?
- Can humans really harm the Earth, or is it resilient enough to take whatever we can do to it?
- What is our responsibility to our children in regards to natural resources?
- What is our responsibility to people who might live 1000 years from now in regards to natural resources?
- Will the Earth be destroyed or renewed when Christ returns?
- What would Jesus drive?
- Is consumerism and materialism consistent with Jesus’ teachings on wealth?
- Are there limits to economic growth? Is more always better?
- Is it true that only wealthy societies have the resources and leisure to be concerned about the environment?
- If a sparrow falls to the ground, does God care?
- If the global temperature were to rise by 8°C by 2100, and sea level were to rise by a couple meters, displacing millions, how would this impact Evangelical Christianity?
Grace and Peace