Vineyard Christian Fellowship is in the Idaho Statesman again today for its leading role in the evangelical Christian "creation care" movement. (I noticed Vineyard had a booth at the Hyde Park Street Festival last weekend, too.) The Garden City-based Vineyard will host a national environmental stewardship conference later this week.
I applaud what Vineyard is doing, but I still wonder whether and how it might be affecting congregants' voting patterns. (I wrote the following letter to the Statesman shortly after Vineyard unveiled its environmental initiative a few years ago.)
It's good to hear Vineyard Christian Fellowship is pursuing a new campaign of environmental stewardship, based on the belief that the Earth is God's creation and the Bible calls us to take care of it.
But how does this position jibe with voting, as I am sure most of Vineyard's fundamentalist congregants did last fall, for George W. Bush? The current president has a truly awful record on the environment, ranging from his denial that global warming even exists to his bullheaded push to drill for a negligible amount of oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
If Vineyard's congregants really want to help preserve our planet, they'll urge the president to support better fuel economy standards, improved public transit funding, responsible family planning to prevent overpopulation, and an end to the environmental mayhem wrought by “shock-and-awe”-style military actions. How about it?
In today's article, Vineyard pastor Tri Robinson is quoted as saying, "If people know Jesus they'll vote right. They'll have compassion and mercy and care about the world around them."
Interesting stuff. All I can say is this: If Bryan Fischer is mad at you, you are doing something right.
P.S. from Julie ... this is going to be my last post for a while. Despite my announced "retirement," I have been making too many posts. It's time for others to Step It Up, so to speak!