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What Would Jesus Drive? – Jay W. Richards in NRO

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Jay W. Richards of the Acton Institute, has a commentary today in the National Review Online titled, What Would Jesus Drive?: Electrified Evangelical theological confusion. Richards notes in his article, “With respect to the environment, the theological principles are uncontroversial: human beings, as image bearers of God, are placed as stewards over the created order.”

He asks four separate questions, which he calls “tough.”

(1) Is the planet warming?

(2) If the planet is warming, is human activity (like CO2 emissions) causing it?

(3) If the planet is warming, is it bad overall?

(4) If the planet is warming, we’re causing it, and it’s bad, would the policies commonly advocated (e.g., the Kyoto Protocol, legislative restrictions on CO2 emissions) make any difference and, if so, would their cost exceed their benefit?

Furthermore, he offers a tough critique of the defenders of the Evangelical Climate Initiative:

The problem with the chief defenders of the Evangelical Climate Initiative is that they haven’t thought through these four questions, at least not publicly. What they have done is label their position as the authentically Evangelical one. Other Evangelicals need to call them on this tactic, exposing the false dilemma for the piece of cheap rhetoric it is.

Be sure to read the entire commentary, it is a helpful analysis on the climate debate, as well as a good look at the political strategy of the Evangelical left and their allies, the Democratic Party.

Ray Nothstine is opinion editor of the the North State Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he was managing editor of Acton Institute's Religion & Liberty quarterly. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford.


  • george cisneros

    First, Jesus would have not even driven anything, He would have rode the bus or train. He walked everywhere in the Bible. Is there any simpler type of transportation?

    Second, it’s a matter of implementation / usage efficiency. It will be exciting to see how many souls are in heaven because churches poured their resources into a bus to pick up kids, instead of comforts for their members.

    Lastly, whatever socialist shepherd picks up this stone to cast, what is your lifestyle like? Do you travel as the “least of these” in our society? Do you take a salary, did Jesus or the Apostles? Why don’t you lead by example, like Mother Teresa did, then you can talk. But, if you did live like Mother Teresa, then you would no longer be a prideful socialist hypocrite! Wow, what a catch-22!

    Return to the Scriptures, and lets all focus on the Great Commission; and trust the power of the Holy Spirit in dealing with each evangelical believer as God desires – not us.

    George Cisneros

  • The problem I have with this new age theism that so called emerging evangelicals are pushing is that they have not consulted scripture. What would Jesus do? Lets see, heal the sick, feed the poor, walk on water, turn water to wine, preach the good news, Die on the cross, preach to the dead, resurrection, ascention and come agian. Sorry i don’t see saving the polar bear there. This new age familiarity with the environment is very wiccan in nature. Oh yeah what is God going to do with the world? Comsumed with fire. To bad polar bears.

  • In response to “What Would Jesus Drive?” (Sept. 25, 2007):


    Did he speak of his own Accord?
    He wouldn’t be driving a Ford.
    No pedals, no floor board,
    Nor anything four-doored.
    A vehicled anti-war lord?

    God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury.
    David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land.
    And the apostles were all in on Accord.

    How dumb can you be? Man alive!
    You ask me what Jesus would drive?
    He’d probably hike,
    Or travel by bike,
    But never by mule on I-5.

  • howard

    It seems to me that what Jesus drove would depend on whether He had to haul all twelve apostles and ladies who supported them around. In that case, it would have been a diesel bus!