Christian Environmentalism in Politics

Christian environmentalism:  it’s a term we don’t see often in American politics.  On the surface, the American political system seems to be divided in two.

Democrats and liberals on the left are pro-big government and anti-religious establishment.  They want the government to provide benefits for the poor, disabled, and unhealthy.  They are in favor of environmental regulations.  They are against government regulations of abortion, marriage, and drugs.

Republicans and conservatives on the right  are anti-big government and pro-religious establishment.  They want the government to promote religious values and a laissez faire economy.  They are in favor of government regulations of abortion, marriage, and drugs.  They are against environmental laws and government-sponsored social services.

When American politics are viewed this black and white, it is hard to see how Christianity and environmentalism are compatible.  But there are actually Christians who use the Bible to support all levels of environmentalism:

  1. Christian Dominionists:  God gave humans the Creation to use any way we want
  2. Christian Stewardship:  God gave humans the Creation, and we must protect and keep it
  3. Christian Connection to the Environment and Resurrection:  God gave humans the Creation, and we must not only protect and keep it, but resurrect it back to the Garden of Eden

Each interpretation of the Christian relationship with the environment has biblical support.  But it is up to us to determine whether we are interpreting the Bible according to God’s will.

I would like to see environmentalism become a non-issue, a no-brainer in American politics.  It should be both a left and a right issue — a progressive idea with conservative roots.  By making a connection between Christians and the environment, I think we can achieve greater environmental protection.

Do you agree?

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About the Author

I'm an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .