Christianity and the Green Movement
Christians believe in the bible, yet they don’t put it over their own want’s needs and desires. I’m not speaking of individual Christians who frankly are much like everybody else in society in America, but rather the sum of their ideals in practice in America. The mass effect of the movement of Christianity which finds voice in Conservatism, the very name of which has become euphemistic meaning destruction of natural resources at the expense of the environment through corporate greed.
The bible says in the book of Genesis: 26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female image, created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Today’s Christians don’t have the same interpretation of “dominion” as some of us godless heathens. They see dominion as domination, however it more refers to stewardship than domination. Of course we do in fact dominate the earth and all that is within it, but we should not dominate it to the point of destruction. We need to use our minds to find better ways of making the products we need, and if necessary to sacrifice our want’s and desires in order to help the earth recover from the rape of the industrial revolution.
To be a steward is to be one who is put in charge of a company until the owner returns. It is the stewards responsibility to maintain the company, to keep it well. If you apply this to the earth, as Genesis 1:26-28 speaks of, then you’ll see that our dominion has resulted in exploitation for greed rather than maintenance of a providing resource.
Yet the Christian conservatives refuse to see the destruction caused by man in his race for profits. They stand in the political way of sustainable industries rather than seeing it as their responsibility to lead in this endeavor.
Christians should be leading the charge to Green Technologies, not causing doubt and fear in order to keep their jobs and money, houses, SUV’s and expensive extra’s. They are literally cheering the rape of the earth which is the most ungodly thing they could possibly do.
If you’re a Christian, please explain to me why you stand in the way of progress of those who want to preserve the atmosphere, land, air, and water, for our children and their children. Please explain why your comfort is more important than your progeny. I just don’t get it.