My letter to Dr. Dobson
Dr. James C. Dobson, PhD
Focus on the Family
12 March 2007
Dear Dr. Dobson,
I have heard that you co-sponsored the letter to the National Association of Evangelicals regarding global warming. I am writing to encourage you to change your position about global warming.
It is true that we cannot be completely sure that the warming of the earth is due to human activity. But, Mr. Dobson, is it worth the risk to do nothing? Did God create nature for humans to have irresponsible dominion over it? Did not God create the earth and call it “good”? Perhaps if we do something (reduce carbon emissions, lower fossil fuel use, etc.) we will have an effect; perhaps not. Is it worth it, though, to do nothing?
I ask you to consider the welfare of the planet, including the people who inhabit it. As a Christian, can I stand by and do nothing to change my impact on the earth, while I so clearly see pictures in the newspaper of Ethiopians starving from drought-induced famine?
Mr. Dobson, the letter to the N.A.E. cites concern that evangelicals would lose their focus in evangelism and the sanctity of life. Is not all life sacred, including but not limited to the unborn? Isn’t the thirsty person suffering from drought equally important in the eyes of God?
Mr. Dobson, I in no way wish to discourage the Christian role of evangelism. But for the millions of people who may die from floods, drought and famine associated with the warming of the earth, there will be no chance to learn about Christ. You cannot evangelize to a person who is dead.