Have you heard the story of the two planets? Both are about the same size and both contain roughly the same total concentration of carbon dioxide. One has an average daily temperature of 833 degrees Fahrenheit, while the other averages 59 degrees. And humans can live only on one of these two planets: Earth. Venus, on the other hand, is inhospitable because most of the carbon dioxide resides in the atmosphere. And incidentally, Mercury is much closer to the sun than Venus, yet has average temperatures in the 300 degree range - thanks to lower levels of carbon dioxide.
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof," former Vice-President Al Gore quoted from Psalm 24:1 as he gave a special, scripture-saturated presentation of his well known slideshow-turned-movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
The 2500 Baptists attending the Gore luncheon during the New Baptist Covenant Celebration witnessed a solid biblical argument for why Christians must be concerned about God's creation.
Overwhelming scientific evidence has revealed that humans are severely damaging God's creation, and now the discussion is whether or not humans will destroy both God's earth as well as the whole of humanity. Thankfully, most evangelicals today now understand that God's creation is teetering on the brink of disaster. In our corner is Baptist layman Al Gore, whose tireless and highly visible advocacy on behalf of God's creation is motivating people worldwide. He is passionate, has a great sense of humor, and believes that "the earth is the Lord's" and that humans have a responsibility to be good stewards of that which is Gods. And 2500 Baptists just gave him a standing ovation.
Tonight Venus will be visible in the night sky. Take a hard look at it. Atmospheric carbon dioxide makes it a death star. And that could be the future of the earth, unless we as Christians take the Bible seriously enough to invest ourselves in the care of God's creation.