Greening the Statehouse: The Evangelical Environmentalist is Coming to Indiana
DANVILLE, Ind.--If you are a true disciple of Christ, then you will care for what he owns-the Earth. That's the message from the "Evangelical Environmentalist", a.k.a. Mitch Hescox. He'll be in Indiana Saturday for the 10th Annual Greening the Statehouse, in Danville.
The Greening is the state's largest gathering on environmental issues and causes.
Hescox describes himself as conservative and Christian, and many people would find it difficult to reconcile those beliefs with causes normally associated with a more liberal philosophy. Hescox says they are not mutually exclusive.
In an interview with Indypolitics.org, he said his take on Christianity is simple.
"Christians are called to do two things: First off, to care for the least of these, and also we're called in Genesis 2:15, to tend the garden, to tend the Earth, because the Earth belongs to God, not to any of us," said Hescox.
He spent years in the fossil fuels business, as did some of his family. He left to become a pastor, and then to head the Evangelical Environmental Network.
"There is no doubt that fossil fuels have played an integral part if the economy of the United States, and we need to acknowledge that. But, the one thing that we've failed to do is to add up its true cost."
Though his belief is Christian and Bible-based, Hescox keeps company with groups that talk about pollution, and how it affects children's health, and the way animals are affected by climate change. He brings a conservative viewpoint to the issues, but is critical of conservatives who deny such impacts.
"The way we foul God's creation comes back to impact human life in tremendous ways," he said. "Literally everything that we put into God's creation that's not supposed to be there, comes back and harms us, hurts us and especially attacks our children."
Hescox's mission this weekend is to explore ways to get more Hoosiers involved with environmental issues.
He said he's had success by introducing people to the idea that taking care of the Earth is scriptural. He said that's even helped people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.