Suzii Paynter, director of the public policy arm of Texas's biggest group of
Baptist churches, traveled to central Texas early this year to talk to a local
preacher about a pressing "moral, biblical and theological" issue. She wanted to
Christians have a biblical mandate to be "good stewards of God's creation," Ms.
Paynter says she told the Rev. Frank Brown, pastor of the Bellmead First Baptist
Church here in the county where President Bush has his ranch. So, Texas Baptists
should demand that controversial plans to build a slew of coal-fired power
plants be put on hold.
Mr. Brown was not impressed. God, the pastor said, is "sovereign over his
creation" and no amount of coal-burning will alter by a "millisecond" his divine
plan for the world. Fighting environmental damage is "like chasing rabbits," he
recalls telling her. It just distracts from core Christian duties to ...