Michele Bachmann, Republican Representative from Minnesota, has made headlines for some recent comments directed at Nancy Pelosi and the Environmental movement.
I hesitate to judge Rep. Bachmann’s faith, but it seems to me that for Michelle Bachmann, like so many politicians, Christianity is merely another bludgeon to be used to beat one’s opponents. In short, in her effort to make a pithy retort to Speaker Pelosi, Michele Bachmann has provided a rather shallow understanding Christianity.
Quoting Rep. Bachmann: “[Speaker Pelosi]’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.”
Basically, we don’t need to do anything because Jesus did it already. The Representative is right in pointing out the salvific work of Jesus of Nazareth for the whole of Creation. But her conclusion is unbiblical.
What should have been said is this: as Christians we should be active in saving the Earth because Jesus already did.
I’ll quote now from N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope (which I highly recommend) because the Bishop of Durham explains this better than I ever could. Continue reading