It might sound unusual (read: surprising) to some, but thousands of evangelical Christians across the nation are coming together to pray about something their leaders have been denying for quite some time: climate change.
A group of devout Christians, on Tuesday, congregated for a prayer breakfast at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a convention centered on “Creation Care liturgy” that connects “environmentalism with the Biblical call to care for God’s creation.”
“We had a prayer of repentance, recognizing that we have participated in degrading creation,” said Rachel Lamb, national organizer and spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, in an op-ed for Charlotte Observer. “Then we had prayers for those most impacted by climate change, and also spent some time praying for our political leaders, hoping that they would take bold, courageous action — that people on both sides of the aisle will continue to recognize that climate change impacts us, here, and our generation disproportionately.”
Lausanne Movement, an evangelical organization inspired by Graham in the 1970s, and the Evangelical Environmental Network sponsored the event.
“Pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that last’s a lifetime. Dirty air and water has serious consequences for the health of our children and other vulnerable populations like the elderly,” their petition, demanding for a “pro-life” energy plan in the state by 2030, reads. “This is why pro-life Christians must lead the charge on clean energy. It is time to stop poisoning the womb and our environment and create a cleaner, brighter future for our children, free from pollution.”
The application also asks NC Gov. Pat McCory for supporting plans for generating clean electricity from renewable resources – like wind and solar – without “fees championed by monopolistic utilities.” It also demands freedom from regulations that prevent the communities and businesses from creating their own electricity and selling it.
The organizers insist their efforts represent a growing number of evangelicals who are concerned about the environment. They claim campaign will not only help shed light on a constituency that other climate campaigns often ignore, but also bring older, more conservative Christians into their fold.