stew·ard? [stoo-erd, styoo-] noun 1. a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
A few weeks ago, Rick Santorum found a new way to let people who care, know that President Obama isn’t the same type of Christian they are. He started off last weekend by telling supporters that the President was operating from a “phony”, non-Biblical theology. By the Sunday talk shows, the explanation for this statement has morphed into an attack on Obama for his environmental policies. He said that Obama has a radical Earth first worldview, where people are here to “serve the Earth” instead of being Earth’s Stewards, like the Bible says. I don’t know if I should be sad or scared that this idiot is doing as well in the primaries as he is.
There are two ways to go after this newest episode. I could go after the phony criticism of Obama’s “theology”, as opposed to his “philosophy”; but as we all know, this country is not a theocracy and one’s religious views shouldn’t be a factor when running for public office. (pause for laughter) The second way, since he brought up religion and feels it is important, is to point out the theological inconsistency in his own statement. According to the Bible, and the Senator, Man was put on Earth to be God’s stewards. Meaning we were put here, according to the theology he believes in, to manage the Earth for God, not ourselves. Now isn’t this exactly what conservationism is and isn’t environmentalism this edict taken to extremes? Not according to Santorum. Somewhere in his mind, stewardship means that we use up all of the planet’s resources right now. Long term consequences and the needs of future generations be damned. How strong is his “theology” if it contradicts one of the first commands God gives man, in the Bible he insists he holds so dear?