Over 40 evangelical leaders are encouraging President-elect Donald Trump to stick by his appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency despite liberals’ claims that Pruitt is a climate change “denialist.”
…After a group of Episcopal bishops in Massachusetts signed onto a joint letter expressing their “dismay” with his selection of Pruitt to head the EPA, the evangelical leaders sent Trump their own letter signaling their support for Pruitt on Friday.
The letter asserted that Pruitt is qualified to lead the EPA, even though he has a history of battling the EPA over its tough regulations, and called on the U.S. Senate to confirm the nomination.
The joint letter was an effort spearheaded by Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
The letter was signed by prominent evangelicals such as California-based Pastor Greg Laurie, leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, former SBC presidents Ronnie Floyd, James Merritt and Jack Graham, and Southern Theological Seminary President Dr. Richard Land.
“We are evangelical Christians who are committed to a proper stewardship of all creation, driven by our knowledge that ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof,’ [Psalm 24:1],” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Christian Post.
“A very great stewardship is invested in the Environmental Protection Agency, and thus in its Administrator. We support the nomination of Attorney General Scott Pruitt. We do not deny the existence of climate change nor the urgency of this concern,” the letter continues. “We affirm an ongoing debate on the proper balance between the unleashing of human enterprise and the protection of creation. We call for justice, righteousness, and compassion in every dimension of our national life, including our government.”