One of the ways my husband and I have noted the difference in our work worlds is with acronyms. We once had a whole list: SG for Will is Smart Growth; for me, it's Spirit Garage. Last night we had another such reminder as we were watching the Olympics. "Oh how the mighty have fallen," he remarked as an ad came on for AT & T. He explained that the company had recently been bought out by SBC. "What!" I exclaimed. He explained that this was a former Baby Bell. Of course, in my world, SBC usually refers to the Southern Baptist Convention. When they start buying telecommunications companies, then I'll really be worried.
I am so, so pleased that evangelical leaders have signed a statement global climate change . I just hope that their message concerning stewardship of the earth and concern for the world's poor, who stand to suffer the most from climate change, will not be lost amidst the noisy dissent of some who are still "unconvinced" that this phenomenon is real.
I could point to the apparent evidence all around us that the climate is changing, but that would seem to promote an anecdotal approach, which is definitely not what climate change is about. People can dispute what, if anything, can or should be done about it, but the numbers are all there. Now if only the same evangelicals would address the theological issue at root here -- the spoken or unspoken dispensationalism of so many Americans that causes them to believe that,in the end, the fate of the earth won't matter.