Being Green and Christian

It bothers me no end when with the label “Christian” come all sorts of other assumptions about who you are and what you believe.  The assumption that you must: vote for W., be conservative, associate only with other Christians, be anti-abortion, anti-gay people, anti-sex before marriage, believe that women must submit to their husbands, and apparently, that you can’t care for the environment.

I just ran across this article that talks about how being green has, for a long time, been seen as unnecessary because Christ is coming back so why bother to take care of the Earth.  WOW!  That’s a thought that has never even crossed my mind; does that mean I’m spiritually empty, or does it mean that perhaps there’s  a crazy standpoint there?  I’m a little riled up by all this.  Nobody knows when He will come, and isn’t the whole point to live as well as we can in the meantime?  Experiencing mass flooding, crazy weather patterns, and the extinction of vast numbers of species doesn’t sound like that!  It doesn’t sound like what God has for all of us. 

Thankfully, there are others who won’t hide behind some sort of moral superiority.  There are ones who are brave and stand up for what they believe – even if it’s unpopular within their religion (Jesus was never much one for religion anyway).  The Evangelical Climate Initiative speaks about the following four claims:

  1. Human-Induced Climate Change is Real
  2. The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Significant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest
  3. Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem
  4. The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change—;starting now.

Well, I’ve never heard that believing in climate change has anything to do with believing that Jesus Christ is real.  Now that this idea is out there, it makes me wonder what my church thinks about this?  What my friends think about it?  It also makes me want to go pray for all those people who won’t look at the facts and act according to the urgency of addressing the issue of global warming.
 

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2 Comments

  1. dh said,

    May 19, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    as for assumptions for what christians believe, try this one on for size (working off something you wrote):

    “no one knows when he will return” — for me, that’s an “IF” he returns. i am not sold that that is how it will play out at all. i’m not typing this to take up a trivial matter/discussion with you, but rather to support what you are saying in that christians are a varied bunch, and unfortunately we have a very vocal group who like to claim their beliefs are every christian’s beliefs. we have many facets of our individual theologies, but i find comfort in what we all hold fast to: a loving god who desires communion with us.

    so…go green!

  2. Jane said,

    May 22, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    It’s funny you should pick that exact sentence. I actually had written “if” at first, and then decided that maybe I’d write “when.” My theology isn’t very advanced on it, but it wasn’t a statement I was ready to make. Now the secret’s out there! 🙂 Thanks for your comment. I’m glad to know we’re part of a varied bunch!


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