Recycle products. Start a compost pile. Take the bus. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
The action items above, which appeared in a list of “strategies to help your family make this world a better place to live” might seem like something you’d find at the homepage of the Sierra Club.
But not this time. These directives were listed in a recent editorial appearing on the website of the Evangelical Christian publication, “Christianity Today.”
Entitled “Looking After God’s Creation,” the article was directed to parents - - moms in particular - - and was authored by Lucy Kraemer, a single mom who belongs to a local Baptist church near her home. In concluding her message to parents, Ms. Kramer wrote “your example will serve as the most effective tool in teaching your young child about honoring God’s creation.”
Now, if I were writing here about theology, I would argue that the intended ends of the human person is to “honor God,” not his creation, yet one of the means by which we humans can achieve this objective is to exercise wise stewardship of the earth.
But I’m not writing about theology, so I’ll leave this discrepancy in the hands of the editors of “Christianity Today.”
I am, however, writing about our country, our culture, our politics and our public policy. And Ms. Kraemer’s editorial is yet one more shred of evidence that, as public policy concerns go, “conservative Christian America” isn’t thinking and acting they way it once did.
I’ve asserted this before here at Townhall Dot Com. I’ve made the case that while in previous years the public policy concerns of conservative Christians may have been largely focused on abortion, the definition of marriage, and parental rights, today, younger generations of both Evangelical and Catholic Christians are interested in a much broader array of issues.
“That’s a lie from the liberal media” I was told in an email from an angry staff member at a large, Christian activist organization. “You’re just another Christian-basher, like all the rest, Hill..“
Oh, really? And do we regard “Christianity Today” as being a part of that big, scary, collective monster affectionately known as the “liberal media?”
Or how about Forbes Magazine? Rich Karlgaard, the astute business and economics writer, author of the daily blog “Digital Rules,” and Publisher of Forbes Magazine, has also noted as I have that “conservative Christianity” in America seems to be shifting in a different direction these days.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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