GREEN CHRISTIANS

I must confess I have not had a lot of time for radical, tree-hugging environmentalists.  When they won’t allow you to build a hotel at the base of a ski hill like Sunshine, Alberta, it just annoys me.  The ski area has been there for 50 years.  Area wise it is a tiny dot in Banff National Park, and if there wasn’t a ski area there, no human being would ever visit that exact spot, ever!  This week, however, I found myself thinking about the environment.  It was hard not to with one of the biggest environmental disasters in human history unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.  As of this writing the BP oil spill was still leaking crude into the Gulf at a rate of 5000 barrels a day. There is no guarantee that they can stop the flow and the damage that can result should be frightening to any thoughtful person.  While this was going on I was camped out in California’s Redwood forest at a leadership summit.  You cannot stand at the bottom of a 400 year old Redwood or Sequoia and not be overwhelmed with the majesty of God’s creation.  These trees are so immense they make you feel like an insect not a person. 
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When I was growing up referring to someone as being ‘green’ either meant they were an envious human being or an alien from outer space.  Today the word ‘green’ is synonymous with being environmentally friendly.  The word is grossly overused and often abused.  Manufacturers label everything as ‘green’ in a shameless attempt appeal to environmentally conscious consumer.  Often times it means little more than the packaging might be able to be recycled.  Big deal!  When GM came out with their environmentally friendly hybrid pickup truck it got 17 mpg.  The conventional V8 got 15 mpg.  Probably a net environmental loss when you consider the extra manufacturing outputs and $5,000 price premium. 

Probably the biggest scam going on today is the selling of carbon credits.  Air travelers are being guilted into paying $100’s for some opportunistic entrepreneur to plant trees for them to offset their carbon footprint.  Major industrial polluters around the world can buy carbon credits that supposedly compensate for their continuing dumping of toxins into the atmosphere.  For me the biggest joke is the emphasis on CO2 emissions in the first place.  We are so pre-occupied with Al Gore’s A Convenient Lie… that CO2 emissions from your car are causing global warming… that we have almost completely forgotten about the real problem of millions of tons of toxins and poisons that are still being dumped into our water, air and soil at an alarming rate.  Click HERE to read my blog GLOBAL WARMING AND OTHER MYTHS.

 

Christians have been remarkably slow at getting onside with the environmental movement.  There are two reasons, both theological.  One has to do with the misinterpretation of Gen. 1:28  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”   Many christians actually have a human-centric belief that the planet is here for our absolute pleasure.  To indulge and imbibe at whatever the cost.   We have therefore been slow to condemn the burning of the rain forests or the devastation that has been left in the wake of some (arguably not all) oil sands operations right here at home. 

 

The second reason is found in one the last books of the bible.  We are told the whole thing is going up is smoke one day.   But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2Peter 3:7)  Many of us have just shrugged our shoulders and said, “Well, God is going to toss the whole mess into the oven one day anyway, I might as well just enjoy myself while it lasts”.   We forget that the Genesis mandate was all about stewardship. We seem to have neglected the part where he said be fruitful.  Being fruitful requires maintaining the planet in a state where it can… well… produce fruit.  We have failed to recognize the value God Himself puts on creation.  Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. (Gen 1:31) 

When God put Adam in the garden He instructed him about stewardship, again.  Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to TEND IT AND KEEP IT. (Gen 2:15)   Make no mistake about it, we have a responsibility towards God’s creation.  The big difference between us and the tree-huggers of the world is this; their humanistic worldview means their future is entirely dependent on the sustainability of the planet.  It is all they have.  As Christians our hope is in the Creator and not the creation.  It is immensely different.  Our interest in saving the planet should be born out of the utter awe and respect for the God who created it all, not a sense of our own self-preservation.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse  (Rom 1:20)  The God of the universe is revealed in His creation.  I believe that when the church gets with the program we are going to kill two birds with one stone.  ;) Firstly, as I have already said, to honor God’s creation.  But secondly, to gain favor with the very people we are trying to reach with the gospel. Left leaning environmentalists are often the same people we contend with on issues of abortion or same sex marriage.   They often feel we have nothing in common with them and they tune us out before we have a chance to point them to Christ.  Maybe, just maybe green christians will not be seen as just aliens from outer space.

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16 Responses to GREEN CHRISTIANS

  1. Phil says:

    Thank you for a more balanced and reasonable approach to enviromentalism. I have to wonder though if you get the point totally when you talked about “killing two birds with one stone”. Doesn;t sound like good stewardship to me, unless you were using the birds for food or clothing necessities. (insert laugh here!) Seriously, we do seem to worship the created more than the Creator. I guess that’s what happens when we reject God. (see Romans 1:20-25)
    By the way “green” was also quite often used as a term to describe someone who was without knowledge and/or experience. Things that make you go hmmm!

  2. Mike says:

    Why do Christians still believe Genesis when science has clearly proven that Bible is wrong ?

    I have no problem following much of Jesus Christ’s teachings, as they are good, but there is no way the earth was created in 6 days.

  3. Isaac says:

    Hey Mike. Good questions.

    It sounds like you have some knowledge of Christ. It’ll be much more beneficial if you focus your time and effort getting to know Christ personally and why you need Him, then spending too much time thinking why Genesis can or cannot be taken literally.

    I was an athiest till 6 years ago and I was convinced in old-earth and macro-evolution (cosmic evolution, Darwinism, etc.) and when I put my faith in Christ I didn’t really think about it much. I just thought that Genesis must be just metaphors and I moved on. But I saw a video series, and in just a couple of hours, I believed in a young earth (likely less than 20000 years old) and I believed that Genesis was literal. The actual observable science points directly to the Bible.

    Don’t have time to get into alot of it now. But one quick one is the existence of Comets. The longest they should last is 20 000 years as they are constantly loosing material. And we still have many comets around. Take notice, if you ever read about comets, they usually at some point they call them mysterious or something like that as they are a big black eye to any old universe theory.

    You said you like some of Christ’s teachings; Christ didn’t talk about it much, but whenever He talked about creation He talked about it as taken literally from Genesis (Mark 10:6 as one example).

    In the end it is still a matter of faith (Hebrews 11:3). But it doesn’t have to be a “blind” faith, but one based on logic and thoughtfulness.

    Hope that gives some explanation. I hope that God will bless you Mike, and God promised that if you seek Him you will find Him because He is not far from you. (Acts 17:27).

  4. Betty says:

    That is a beautiful place and picture, with the huge trees in the California’s Redwood forest, when my brother and his family went there, they showed us, how beautiful it is there.

    Talking about an oil spill,”a small one” our naighbour, dumped out the used oil, from the oil change of his vehicle, unto our yard, so we had to deal with the environment issue in a different way.
    I believe in taking good care, of what God has provided for us, and we enjoy the outdoors very much, which includes, taking care of our trees, grass and vegetable & flower gardens.

    Where I was growing up, we said to a person whom we thought, did not know much, was being green.

  5. NorgTheFat says:

    It’s ironic. The people pushing for ‘carbon offsets’ are the worlds biggest polluters. A carbon tax is not about saving the environment, it’s about killing small business and consolidating power. Global Warming/climate change is used as an excuse to stop third world nations from developing.

    If you really want to help the environment, don’t buy into the carbon tax scam.

  6. Steve says:

    I agree with you Norgster.

  7. Karen says:

    God owns everything that I have and it is my responsibility to look after whatever God has given me. He has given me amazing gifts, spiritually, environmentally, and personally, and I am not about to throw them back at Him and say…”I don’t care about this.”
    I struggle with the damage this oil spill has created. I cannot fathom what this will do to not just the coast line of the US, but to coastlines around the world. We have become a careless society.
    God has given us all amazing beauty all around to appreciate. It’s time we started to look after it. (Colossians 1:16-17)

  8. SteveK says:

    I don’t believe in this Global Warming bunk either.
    Scientist says that all this carbon is creating a green house effect which will raise the Earths temperature and melt the ice caps. 30 years ago Scientist said that carbon is creating a green house effect that will cause a 2nd ice age. Which is it? With all things equal is Scientist smarter today then yesterday?
    How about the Scientist who refuted the discovery of Noah’s Ark a few weeks ago?
    He said that if it is a ship, how did it get up the mountain (he did his research didn’t he)?
    What about the Scientists who said that the iron hammer found fossilized near dinosaur tracks in Texas was in special mud that could turn to stone in less than 200 years? Hello? Weren’t the tracks found in the same mud?
    You can believe in the global warming or not but I for one do agree that we need to take care of the Earth and recycling, driving less etc are still good practices and at least will make our air and land cleaner.

  9. Evelyn Bennett says:

    I remember a childhood memory. A friend of the family asked why I do not throw my litter on the ground like everybody else. I think my response was I do not like to see something beautiful being trashed. (just an adult interpretation of a child’s thought)

    I also did see things through the world’s eyeview. Destruction is not a beautiful thing to watch.

    As a society we should not have to walk on broken glass to enjoy God’s creation. Teach the next generation how important it is to preserve what God intended for good.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I think it all comes down to respect. There is alot of disrespect this day and age. Disrespect for ourselves and to others as well as to the environment. We are asked to love one another and to love God. If we love someone we wouldn’t want to hurt them or thier belongings, if we love God we wouldn’t want to hurt Him or His belongings. However, we end up always hurting Him and His belongings.
    Everything and everyone belongs to God, as Karen stated. If we loved and respected ourselves, others and God, what a wonderful world this would be. As well as if we took responsibility for ourselves, others and God what a wonderful world it would be.
    I can remember if you bought a new vehicle it lasted a life time, now it just seems like once warranty is off, everything begins to go and needs to be replaced, the same with electronics. Nothing is built to last anymore.
    It seems as though we are not happy with what we have, we have to get new furnature and fixtures because we need to renovate as we are not happy with the present decor, new bathrooms, and kitchens, family rooms, etc.
    We need to get more clothes and shoes, etc., because we are bored of the old ones and they are on “sale”. This is all fine and well if we recycle them, give to charity or sell our old things at a reasonable price so that others can afford to enjoy the luxuries of life that we all acquire. Pay it forward.
    Go onto your hydro websites and they will give you some pointers on going “green”, such as turning out the lights, unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use, replacing your ordinary light bulbs with energy efficient ones, recycle, (batteries, tires, electronics, bottles, cans, etc., etc.). Filter your own tap water instead of purchasing bottled.
    As for the earth being created in 6 days, all things are possible with God and if a second is like an eternity to God then, it is possible for God to have created the earth in 6 days. However, it is taking our lifetimes to distroy it! Call it global warming or whatever you like, the earth is in trouble and so are the living creatures that live upon it. (That includes us)! Choose Life in all forms!
    Love one another, love God our Father, and love yourself so that you may be a blessing to all and shine the light of the Lord. Praise God and God bless all.

  11. Karen says:

    If you take the Creator out of Creation, there really isn’t much to be excited about. You cannot have one without the other.

  12. markus says:

    Look at the way police in every city arrest( Homeless people) and never really find a solution to the problems.WE LIVE IN A POLICE STATE.

  13. game says:

    i love the atar pics of johnny english making fun of avatar and all of the pics i wish i could see more u guys should put up more pics!!!!!!!!!!;)

  14. game says:

    they tottaly photoshopped the pics well at least some of them not the reef pictures there not fotoshoped

  15. game says:

    i luv the jokes keep working on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  16. game says:

    god bless u all im a christain that reads 6 chapters of the bible every single day please try to do no sins and im a russain;)

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