The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Synod bishop on climate change

Callon W. Holloway Jr., Southern Ohio Synod bishop, was one of seven witnesses to testify before the U.S. House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on March 25 on climate change.

Holloway said the U.S. “must acknowledge its role and moral responsibility [in the crisis].

For many people of faith ... we do not view the riches of our earth simply as material to be exploited, but rather as treasure we are called to protect, preserve and utilize in sustainable ways for the well-being of God’s people and God’s creation.”


Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Posted at 12:16 pm (U.S. Eastern) 5/19/2009

The real crisis is that we have a nation, apparently including synod bishops, that has become a herd aligned with a political zeitgeist that, at its roots, is unsupported by true science.  

To be sure, the Bishop's quote, devoid of textual context, is probably innocuous.  What matters is the actual context in which it was made along with the parenthetical "in the crisis."  One has to suspect that the Bishop did not appear before Congress with the intent of assuring our legislators that God continues well in control of his Creation.

 Personally, I can't say whether or not man is exploiting the planet to destruction.  There simply isn't science available to support a certainty either way.  Arriving at a certain conclusion by human consensus ignores God's role in the management of the universe.  Yes, there are scientists who will tell you that the assertions of man-caused climate change are, with 100% certainty, caused by human activity.  They ignore even the human-developed precepts of scientific method in doing so.  Flawed statistical models do not meet the threshhold of control for proving a theory.  

 It is interesting to me that our Bishops are, amid a national crisis in faith, finding time to become authoritative commentators about everything from global warming to the biological /psychological bases for sexual behavior.  Their time might be better spent finding out why it is that, in some areas of the country, people of faith constitute 40% of the population.  Bishops preoccupied with following the herd might have something to do with that.

 Mike Brown, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lakewood, Washington

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