A life insurance policy on the planet

In the debate over climate change, does it not make logical sense to take out a life insurance policy on the planet? If there is any chance that the prevailing science is right about climate change, as the vast majority of climate scientists suggest, then we have a moral obligation to do what we can now to prevent it from continuing. 

Jesus advocated for such prudence when he told a parable about two men who built houses. One of the men dug deeply and laid the foundation of his house on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against his house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. Said Jesus, “the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of the house” (Luke 6:49).

For Christians, there are more than purely logical, pragmatic reasons for caring for the earth. There are profoundly theological reasons as well.

– From “A House Divided: Engaging the Issues through the Politics of Compassion” by Mark Feldmeir – Chalice Press

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