Friday, August 3, 2007

Energy Policy Ideas: Part I

Regarding energy policy (or the lack thereof), there are two concepts that are involved in our use and misuse of the earth’s God-given resources.

The first concept is accountability. We are accountable for how we use what has been entrusted to us. Our politicians should be held accountable because they are supposed to represent our best interests in various law-making bodies. They have let us down when it comes to energy policy, and we as a country will pay a steep price. We will suffer because we didn’t hold them accountable and they didn’t have the foresight to see that freight train bearing down on this country.

The second concept is stewardship. Stewardship is caring for something entrusted to you that belongs to someone else. We have been entrusted with the care of the earth (or the environment) by God, to whom it really belongs according to Psalm 24:1 (NRSV): The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it… We can also say that we are stewards of the earth for future generations. What we squander now can’t be recovered by future generations.

Because I believe this is a moral and ethical issue as well as a survival issue, I want to talk about energy policy. I will go into more detail in future postings.

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