Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My role in the environment

I think I would have been a tree-hugger living in a tree named Luna were I not a Christian. I love nature, and had I not had a larger cause for which to fight, this is the one I would have chosen. Instead, I fight for the Kingdom, and my battles are for the eternity of souls, not just for the limited future of our planet.

As a conservative Christian, I have learned through observation that people who fight for the cause of the rain forest or the spotted barn owl are "crazy liberals." As a reaction, I tend to ignore environmentalism entirely, so as to be considered a good and conforming Christian.

Yet we as Christians have a clear directive to care for the planet God created for us. As ones who know the real origin of the species, and why we're put on this earth, we should be the most qualified to care for it. Unlike non-Christians, we know the value of our planet, and we also know the value of the human souls on the planet. Many environmentalists put the planet before the people. Sacrifice all for the sake of the earth! Instead, we need to put the people before the planet.

I do believe we have an obligation to care for the earth the best that we can. With that in mind, here are things that I already do:
  • Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Drive less. My job allows me to do this very well, with a commute only once a week.
  • Recycle basic items: milk jugs and food boxes.
Not much, I know. Here are the things I plan to do.
  • Purchase a 2nd trash can for the kitchen, which will hold glass, metal and cardboard recycling.
  • Dedicate the office trash can to recyclable paper only.
  • Take bags with me to the grocery store to carry my groceries with, so I won't need to use so many plastic bags.
  • Plant a tree in my back yard.
Nothing profound, I know, but something worthwhile.

Here are other bloggers who have posted their thoughts much better than I could (and I'll update if anyone else posts):
Christian Thinker
The Thinking Servant: Part 1, Part 2
Leanna's Little Spot
Margie's Take Two


  1. Great observances and resolutions. It's not easy, but it's worth it.

  2. very clever in organizing what a good start