"Man has been appointed as a steward for the management of God's property, and ultimately he will give account of his stewardship." (Luke 16:2)
Source: "A Message From a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change," by Paul Douglas, Meteorologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Huffington Post March, 29, 2012
Paul Douglas is a Christian, a Republican, and a meteorologist. He accepts the science of climate change, which puts him at odds with many Christians and conservative Republicans these days.
He bluntly states, "Acknowledging that the atmosphere is warming doesn't make you a liberal." His acceptance of climate change science had nothing to do with Al Gore. It started as a meteorologist noticing changes in the weather in Minnesota since the 1990s.
His concern about climate change is not just as a weatherguy, but also as a devoted Christian. He believes that the Bible calls all believers to take good care of the earth and not harm creation. Paul Douglas even points to the Bible verse, Luke 16:2, "Man has been appointed as a steward for the management of God's property, and ultimately he will give account of his stewardship."
God and future generations will judge us on how well we maintained his creation, our planet. Our decisions should reflect that we heard the warnings about climate change from scientists and meteorologists, like Paul Douglas.
Paul then ended his essay with one of my favorite Native American quotes:
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors...we borrow it from our children."