Though it is geographically far away from us and consequently distanced in our conscience as well, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a devastating ecological catastrophe that will affect our lives for much of the forseeable future. It is a tragedy that will force us to acknowledge our human limitations and our irresponsibility when it comes to maintaining the purity of our planet. As Russell Moore put it, “It is a threat to national security greater than most Americans can even contemplate, because so few of them know how dependent they are on the eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico. This is, as one magazine put it recently, Katrina meets Chernobyl.” We are all indirectly responsible for such a disaster: our demand for and dependence on oil has caused the oil business to grow into a multi-billion dollar empire.
Here’s an interesting view of the catastrophe from Russell D. Moore about the evangelical Christian’s uneasy ecological conscience. Russell Moore is the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church, where he ministers weekly at the congregation’s Fegenbush location. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and Adopted for Life.
CNN also has visuals of the effects of the oil spill here.