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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Jason, this is some of the most sensible writing on the environment from a Christian perspective that I have read. Thanks for putting the issue so clearly in a Biblical light.

    Thinking about your post, I wonder if the terrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is changing the minds of a few of the more ‘reactionary’ evangelicals in the US when it comes environmental issues? (Wonder where Sarah Palin’s “Drill, baby drill” mantra is up to now?!)

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    It’s a complicated issue and one that Christians need to address. The big decisions are made by government and those are the ones that will have the most effect on the environment. Governments need to act in the best interest of the people, and that means making sure people have jobs and homes to live in, basic needs. In our industrial society, that will have a negative impact on our environment, in terms of using resources and changing the environment. So realistically, some change and impact is to be expected on the environment.

    So we act by voting for the government that will be most environmentally responsible. But there may be other issues that override the environmental issue when we consider who to vote for. So Christians may end up voting for a government that is less responsible, environmentally.

    Also, many Christians I know are global warming skeptics. Yes, it’s complicated.

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    Jason Harris

    Good point Steve. I’ll just clarify that I am not assuming that global warming is actually occurring/man-made. That is a debate that needs to be had.

    But I have found that such debates tend to uncover underlying attitudes about the environment that are more influenced by political conservatism than by Scripture.

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    I agree Jason. I think our situation here in Australia is different to the USA, in that most conservatives would vote for the Liberal party, who have a good environmental policy.

    The Republicans in the US would be different to our Liberal party in terms of their policy.

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    Jason Harris

    Very true Steve. Both of the major parties in Australia tend to take environmental matters very seriously.


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