Key politically active evangelical leaders are going to meet soon to discuss how the political message of the religious right should include obeying the command at the very beginning of the Bible to take care of God's property that we've been given to manage. In this Washington Post piece, the guy they focus on the most seems to me to be a panentheist rather than a theist, but you don't find that out until the end when they quote him as saying the earth is God's body. Still, James Dobson and Chuck Colson were also named, and they're true evangelical Christians who have both taken political views meant to be informed by the Bible.
It's nice to see that they're finally listening to the voices that have pointed out how narrow their political agenda has been, with opposition to abortion and gay marriage taking center stage and a few other side issues (e.g. stem cell research) trailing along behind, while concern for the poor and marginalized, and wise management of and interaction with the creation entrusted to us, have simply been absent. Since this focus ignores the breadth of biblical values that might inform political opinions, I'm glad to see this. It's important to be sure that our policies really are for the best, and I'm not convinced left-environmentalists really have the best policies in many cases. The same is true for left-minded attempts to deal with racial issues or poverty issues. What I'm upset at many conservative evangelicals over is not that they don't adopt liberal policies on these issues but that they don't seem concerned about the issues at all. [Hat tip: There is some truth in that]
Relatedly, last week President Bush said at the National Prayer Breakfast, "For prayer means more than presenting God with our plans and desires; prayer also means opening ourselves to God's priorities, especially by hearing the cry of the poor and the less fortunate." [Hat tip: also from Jonathan]