“We Get It” Declaration: Caring for the Environment and the Poor – Biblically

There is another declaration coming out about Evangelicals and the Environment. This one is supported by the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission as well as some other noted Evangelical groups. It is very short and also expresses a concern for the poor.

Dr. Russell Moore, Dr. Danny Akin and Dr. Wayne Grudem are listed as charter supporters of the declaration.

Here is the statement in full:

The We Get It! Declaration:

God Said It

God created everything. He made us in His own image, and commanded us to be fruitful and multiply and watch over His creation. Although separated from God by our sin, we are lovingly restored through Jesus Christ, and take responsibility for being good stewards.

We Get It

Our stewardship of creation must be based on Biblical principles and factual evidence. We face important environmental challenges, but must be cautious of claims that our planet is in peril from speculative dangers like man-made global warming.

They Need It

With billions suffering in poverty, environmental policies must not further oppress the world’s poor by denying them basic needs. Instead, we must help people fulfill their God-given potential as producers and stewards.

Let’s Do It

We will follow our Lord Jesus Christ and honor God as we use and share the principles of His Word to care for the poor and tend His creation.

You can visit the We Get It Website to learn more.

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3 Responses to “We Get It” Declaration: Caring for the Environment and the Poor – Biblically

  1. What I appreciate the most about this declaration is that it puts the impetus on stewardship. We can give money and pass bills all day long. However, if we are being good stewards of all that God has given us, then there will be more than enough to help the poor. Not only is our stewardship to help the poor, but our stewardship will help the environment whether it is warming too much or cooling too much.

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  2. Scott says:

    This is a simple and effective statement. I can endorse this. In fact, I just put a button on my blog that does just just that.

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  3. kschaub says:

    Terry put it well, I think. To place the impetus on stewardship rather than on policy, this statement places the responsibility on the shoulders of every individual who signs it to take care of the environment in a way that does not ignore the pressing issues of humanitarian need in the same areas that need to be preserved.

    Though I think it will cause questions like: We get it? Now what do we do now that we get it?, those who sign it can now begin to work on those ideas in a way that honors God and prepares us in years to come to deal with new issues also.

    Kevin Schaub

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