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EthicsDaily.com's mini-site, TheGreenBible.org, warehouses articles and videos about the environment, global warming and creation care.
Loving Neighbors Across Time
The Bible is God's green book, staking out the divine imperative for earth care.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). Christians have interpreted this commandment in exclusive ways to refer only to those who live next door, across town or overseas.
Christians have traditionally defined neighbor in terms of geography. That definition is too limiting, however. One way to expand the definition beyond geography is with chronology.
We would do well to see those across time as our neighbors for whom we have a moral obligation.
Most often Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) work takes places where environmental degradation is profound, causing widespread human suffering, in the very places where Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-30) work is critical.
If we really want to be faithful to both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, we need to protect Planet Earth for our neighbors in time and across time.
Creation Care Resources:
Numerous articles can be found in the EthicsDaily.com archives categorized under the following keywords:
A series of articles for Earth Day 2017 appeared on EthicsDaily.com during the week of April 17-21:
A series of articles by contributing editor Brian Kaylor reporting on the COP21 2015 climate change conference in Paris:
A series of articles offering global Baptist responses to Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment appeared on EthicsDaily.com in June 2015:
A series of articles providing resources for Earth Day appeared on EthicsDaily.com in April 2013:
Humanity's relationship with creation is addressed in undated EthicsDaily.com Bible study curriculum units:
Several video interviews have focused on environmental concerns:
- Barriers to Church Engagement on the Environment (April 17, 2017)
- Fine Akosita Ditoka discusses Cyclone Winston Recovery and Climate Change (July 6, 2016)
- Kyle Meyaard-Schaap explains COP21 (Dec. 9, 2015)
- Jonathan How shares about relief efforts and climate change (Dec. 8, 2015)
- Bishop Efraim Tendoro shares the moral and Scriptural mandate for creation care (Dec. 7, 2015)
- Bishop Marc Andrus explains the "pop up" worship services at COP21 (Dec. 4, 2015)
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim discusses the COP21 climate change conference in Paris (Nov. 30, 2015)
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim discusses climate change following COP20 (Dec. 17, 2014)
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim discusses an Interfaith Summit on Climate Change (Sept. 18, 2014)
- Grace Ji-Sun Kim discusses climate change and World Council of Churches (May 29, 2014)
- Denise Forrest discusses climate change and sustainability (July 8, 2013)
- Rod Benson discusses Baptists and climate change (July 9, 2012)
Baptist Center for Ethics sponsored letters calling on political representatives to address environmental issues:
- "Baptist Letter to United States House of Representatives Calling for Support of 'The American Clean Energy and Security Act,'" sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics and signed by more than 140 Baptist pastors and officials. (June 18, 2009)
- "Baptist Letter to United States Senate on Climate Change Legislation," sponsored by the Baptist Center for Ethics and signed by more than 140 Baptist pastors and officials. (April 28, 2008)