On Oct. 20, 2015, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) announced a resolution to adopt the creation care principles of the Lausanne Cape Town Commitment. The NAE press release describes the following:
The Lausanne Cape Town Commitment calls Christians worldwide to:
- Adopt lifestyles that renounce habits of consumption that are destructive or polluting;
- Exert legitimate means to persuade governments to put moral imperatives about political expediency on issues of environmental destruction and potential climate change; and
- Recognize and encourage the missional calling both of (i) Christians who engage in the proper use of the earth’s resources for human need and welfare through agriculture, industry and medicine, and (ii) Christians who engage in the protection and restoration of the earth’s habitats and species through conservation and advocacy. Both share the same goal for both serve the same Creator, Provider and Redeemer.
This resolution signals a strong commitment from the NAE, a member organization of Evangelical groups representing approximately 30 million Americans, and it follows from the principles outlined in an NAE report from 2011, Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment.
The NAE’s position on care of creation adds another significant voice to the examples of environmental statements from religious communities in 2015, alongside the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’ and many others.