A moral issue March 5, 2008 : 1:37 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to address 2,500 Baptists at the “Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant," in Atlanta Georgia. The event - conceived and organized by a group led by former President Jimmy Carter - brought together members of thirty Baptist organizations, representing over 20 million Americans.

When I first received the invitation to address this group, I began assembling a new version of my PowerPoint on the climate crisis that emphasizes the scriptural references in the New Testament and Old Testament to our duty as human beings to be good stewards of the earth. Psalm 24 for example, reminds those of us who are part of the Judeo-Christian tradition, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”

The message that the climate crisis is not a political issue, but instead moral one is resonating. Rev Jimmy Allen, a former Southern Baptist president, called the climate crisis, “one of the major moral issues of our time.”

And Rev Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, equated “the issue with the sanctity of life in importance and urgency.”

I look forward to April when I plan on holding a slideshow training program in Nashville for religious leaders.