In October, 2010, over 4200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries converged on Cape Town, South Africa for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, continuing the movement begun four decades ago by the prayerful efforts of Billy Graham and John Stott. The Congress’s stated goal was to present “a fresh challenge to the global Church to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching—in every nation, in every sphere of society, and in the realm of ideas.” In South Africa, the Third Congress embodied that challenge in a remarkable document entitled the Cape Town Commitment.
Among the many issues touched upon from the “nations, spheres, and realms” was creation care. The Cape Town Commitment makes assertions about that subject that are unprecedented in the history of the modern evangelical church: “The earth is created, sustained and redeemed by Christ,” it declares. “We cannot claim to love God while abusing what belongs to Christ by right of creation, redemption and inheritance.”
Read the rest of “A Cape Town Commitment“.