The Southern Baptist Convention, never shy about expressing its disappointment with what it considers corporate (Disney) or political (Clinton) sinners, adopted a surprisingly strongly worded resolution Wednesday expressing its collective dismay about the gulf oil spill.
“God has designed us with a dependence on the natural resources around us and has assigned us a dominion of stewardship and protection of those resources for future generations,” stated the resolution adopted by messengers to the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando. “Our God-given dominion over the creation is not unlimited, as though we were gods and not creatures, so therefore, all persons and all industries are then accountable to higher standards than to profit alone.”
The resolution called on the government “to act determinatively and with undeterred resolve to end this crisis; to fortify our coastal defenses; to ensure full corporate accountability for damages, clean-up and restoration; to ensure that government and private industry are not again caught without planning for such possibilities; and to promote future energy policies based on prudence, conservation, accountability, and safety.”
It also encouraged individuals, communities, industries and government “to work together to find ways to lessen the potentiality of such tragic accidents and of such devastating pollution in order that we may protect what God loves and safeguard the lives, livelihoods, health and well-being of our neighbors and of future generations.”