taking the words of Jesus seriously

Many of us have been well aware that environmental responsibility goes with being a Red Letter Christian. There is a proposition from those who say that there is no such thing as global warming and that what we are really experiencing is the consequence of long range cycles of warming and cooling in the atmosphere.

Allow me to suggest that we can find common ground for the two opposing sides of the argument. There are those of us who say global warming is real and we must cut back on fossil fuels. But those who do not believe in global warming could join us in our attempts to work for alternate forms of energy by stressing that our exurbanite use of fossil fuels has led to money flowing to areas of the Middle East and that much of that money is being used for the spread of radical Islam. Substantiation of that can be found in Thomas Friedman’s new book Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.

In short, for different reasons people on both sides of the argument can come together for a common cause of working for the dramatic cutback on fossil fuels in general and the use of petroleum specifically.

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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