Pastors who embrace "social justice warrior" issues
It is interesting what sets people off sometimes. I said in HTO comments and on Twitter that "I am always suspicious when Christian pastors preach on SJW issues. I suspect this has more to do with getting the world's approval than serving our Lord." Leftists were furious. (Of course, Leftists on HTO became deranged and unhinged when I suggested different snow removal priorities a few years ago.)
So let me expand on this: Yes, I am suspicious of pastors who push SJW issues, especially environmentalism. No, I do not believe that Christians bear no responsibility to protect the environment. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us. (What that means is a whole different issue.)
We should start by recognizing the elephant in the room: The butchered bodies of sixty million unborn babies, massacred in the name of "reproductive choice" while those murders are fully protected by our corrupt legal system. But while opposing the evil of abortion will not bring applause from the world, advocating for "our precious planet" would bring plenty of praise from the world. More importantly, it is easier to get people to open their wallets by tugging on their heart strings about the environment.
It is difficult to take someone's commitment to protecting life seriously if they are advocating for the environment and saying nothing about well over one million babies murdered by our abortion industry each year - or over one thousand babies massacred in Bloomington, Indiana in 2016, which was a 23% increase over 2015. The wicked and bloodthirsty ghouls at Planned Parenthood have been busy little beavers.
But the real issue I am getting at is motivation. Is Christian environmentalism for the sake of safeguarding God's creation for future generations, or is it about preening for the world to get adoration and money? We see a lot of "social justice" work in the church today. That will get you puff pieces distributed by the Associated Press. Meanwhile, precious little is done to stand for the babies who are literally ripped limb from limb in their mother's wombs. That will get you lambasted as an ignorant, backwards, misogynist hick.
Are we about serving God or are we about puffing up our earthly reputations?