“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and all they that dwell therein.”  Psalm 24:1

16 May 2005

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We ask you to give prayerful consideration to the results of the method of coal mining known as mountaintop removal.  The Bible tells us that we are accountable to God for the health of His good Creation.  The book of Genesis says, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.”

God has made us His stewards, and we must give account of our stewardship to our Creator.  We may not avoid this responsibility, for it is God-given.  To poison, pollute, and destroy God’s Creation is sinful.  When we do this, we heap contempt on our Creator, and we endanger our health, our neighbor’s health, and the health of future generations.  We endanger the welfare and survival of God’s work—our world.

As people of faith who believe that all things were made in and through Christ, we are called to treat with reverence all that Christ has ransomed from the power of sin and death.  This includes His created world.

Therefore, as Christians we must stand in opposition to the massive and irresponsible destruction resulting from the mining method of mountaintop removal. 

We must provide a Christian witness by participating in activities that expose and oppose the devastating damage to individuals, communities, and the air, water and soil that sustain us while also being accountable to assist those who depend upon this industry to support their families by finding alternative ways for them to earn their livelihood.

Please discuss these matters with your fellow Christians, pastors, church members and friends, and sustain these activities in prayer.

If you or your church would like to know more about these efforts, please contact Allen Johnson at 304-799-4137 or 304-799-6000;  Mary Ellen O’Farrell at 304-346-3303; or email at info@christiansforthemountains.org/

Yours in Christ,

Christians for the Mountains