Serve God. Save the planet…..Recycle. Reduce. Reuse………And according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, " There’s too much consumin’ goin’ on out there!"
It’s almost reaching jihad proportions. There’s a near-holy war brewing over our environment between evangelicals. What was once painted as a liberal, social issue of environmental conservativism (remember when global warming was a ‘scare tactic’ of the left?) is now being more and more accepted as a no-nonsense, conservative awakening of the realization that, yes kids, we’ve made a mess of things and it’s our responsibility to act on it. Especially if millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest neighbors. After all,
Granted, I’m not ready yet to ditch my fossil fuel-burning SUVs and start driving one of those stupid-looking golf carts they’re trying to pawn off as electric ‘cars’. But perhaps there are several things we ought to consider:
On October 11, Bill Moyers (Moyers on America, PBS) will air a show entitled "Is God Green?" that springboards from the battle between evangelicals over our tending (or lack of) the environment. After all, isn’t stewardship of the planet a biblical imperative? If you can’t wait until then… tell me I’m you’re hero, and you can watch the video here.
Let’s Tend the Garden (Boise, ID) is a church with some great thoughts and resources.
MSNBC reports on the Evangelical Climate Initiative and their ‘call to action’ on warming. From Rick Warren to the head-honchos at the Salvation Army to the SBC’s own Richard Land, dozens of evangelical heavyweights challenged their peers do reduce CO2 and fossil fuel emissions. You can read the Call to Change statement here. Or visit the Christians and Climate site.
So, whaddaya think? How far are you willing to go? Does reducing your emissions mean you’re saving lives? Does it mean you’re serving God? How far are we willing to go to benefit someone other than ourselves?