Becoming Green Christian
In a previous article I share generally how as a nation and a global community we can be a green generation. In the present article I will like to challenge each of us as believer and disciple of Jesus Christ to become green Christian. What I mean by green Christian is becoming an environmental conscious disciple of Christ. The time is over when evangelical Christians and Churches have to discuss and even to challenge the reality of global warming. All the scientific data point to impending ecological disasters if nothing is done to slow down the pollution of our dear planet. Today I was reading on Yahoo news how since the last global summit on climate control in 1997 in Kyoto global warming impacts have accelerated and worsen beyond the grimmest of warnings made back then. Now is the time to act and to act fast if we want to prevent ecological disasters beyond all proportions and imagination.
Of all the inhabitants of this planet Christians should be among the fiercest defenders of the environment for several reasons. First there is a biblical reason for us to become green Christian. In Genesis 1:26-30 we have the so-called creation mandate by which God having creating humanity in his own image as the crown of his creation gave to them authority and dominion over the whole creation. I know most Christians like the authority that comes with this divine mandate. We are proud to be crown of God’s creation and the chief executive officer of this planet. But one thing we forget so easily in this experience of our divine right and exercise of our divine authority is the fact that with God every authority that we have come with a related responsibility. For example when in the family God gives authority to the male man over his wife he condition the exercise of this authority to the responsibility that man has to love, care, protect and provide for his wife (see Ephesians 5). In order for a man to be a real authority over his over wife, he has to first love her, and care for her just as Jesus has done for the Church his spiritual spouse. Before Jesus could even enjoy ruling over the Church, he has first suffered and died for her. And he did not stop there since according to the Bible Jesus continues to care for the Church till the day he will return to take her back to himself.
In the same way in order for humanity to rule over creation, he has to care for her by protecting her and using her resources wisely and respectfully, otherwise soon there would be nothing to rule over. Furthermore, if we fail to take good care of creation, that natural garden that God has given to us, there will no man left to take care of anything. And this is where my second reason of being green Christian comes from.
Second, we have to become green Christians for a practical reason. We have to take care of creation because our own wellbeing and very survival as human specie depends on it. The natural sciences have long shown us how through the ecosystem everything in this planet is interconnected and interdependent. Everything including humanity is related and dependent on other elements of the ecosystems for his health and survival. For example we are part of food channel that includes soil, trees, bacteias, air, the sun, the cloud and rain, and so on. If one the element of this system comes to lack the whole system is disturbed and put in peril the existence of the rest. When man in his greed and shortsighted view destroy what constitute his natural habitat and his natural source of supply he is putting in danger his very survival and the survival of the rest of creation.
Finally we have to become green Christians for a theological reason. The Bible says that because humanity did not remain faithful to God but by disobedience fall into sin, he brought divine judgment not only upon himself but, unfortunately on the rest of creation. In Genesis 3 God has to curse the earth or the ground in order to punish man indirectly. In Romans 8, the Bible declares that creation has been submitted to vanity because of the fall of humanity and this creation is awaiting eagerly the manifestation of the sons of God. Now I hear a lot about the manifestation of the sons of God in this generation. But what I did not hear at all is how these sons of God who are manifested in this generation are doing for that creation that was submitted to vanity, violence and violation because of us. We have a theological and spiritual obligation as sons of God in this generation to be at the forefront for the restoration and the protection of the natural creation as we have been at the cause of her present catastrophic condition.
Rev Alexander Tah