This is a Repost from back in May of 2008, but the question is still relevant to us right now…
I was watching Good Morning America this morning and they are doing a special called “Seven Wonders of America.” The first of these was the National Mall, and today’s was the Alaskan Wilderness. ABC.com says the following about this place…
“This is what is meant by undisturbed nature — some 19 million acres that make up the extraordinarily remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
More PhotosLying wholly above the Arctic Circle in northeast Alaska, it is the nation’s largest and most northerly wildlife refuge, a special corner of the globe that promises unparalleled solitude, challenge and adventure.
Only about 1,200 to 1,500 people make the trek here every year. Unlike the vast majority of the country’s public lands, ANWR’s mission is to put the sanctity of wilderness ahead of the needs of visitors.
In this vast area approximately the size of South Carolina (keep in mind that Alaska is the largest state in the country, twice as large as Texas, the next largest state), there are no visitor centers, no campgrounds, no roads and no trails.”
The issue of the day has to do with the cost of gas. I hate paying 4 bucks a gallon. With that said, is it theologically sound to disrupt the Alaskan wilderness in order to save a couple of bucks? Should we, theologically speaking, drill for oil if the risk involves disrupting the uncorrupted beauty that God created? Does American wants for saving money equal a justification to become poor stewards of God’s world? You probably know my answer… but what do you think?