By Rachel Lamb:
An evangelical voice was heard on Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project tonight as I had the opportunity to represent Y.E.C.A. on the Youth Activism Panel an hour before the program’s grand finale. What an opportunity to be among a variety of passionate climate action leaders and share together a vision for mobilization and collaboration! Nevertheless, the Christian perspective is distinct. Out of love first and foremost for God, we love and serve that which Jesus loves and serves — including the poor and vulnerable who Jesus identifies himself with in Matthew 25. Our hope is rooted in his good plan of redemption in this world and our opportunity to serve as agents of this truth. I was able to share Y.E.C.A.’s three fold strategy to mobilize our generation of evangelicals, influence senior evangelical leaders in the church and keep our political leaders accountable. Even amidst the voices of activists all over the globe, our message is powerful and unique. Behind the scenes I had numerous conversations with other panelists who expressed their excitement in hearing that the church was getting involved in this fight. Al Gore, who identifies himself as being an evangelical Christian, told me that he was glad that the evangelical message was told tonight and that he was encouraged by our work. As we continue on in this work, may we continue to bring glory to our good God!