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Dec 20, 2009

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

240-701-4436; alextahbi@yahoo.com

 

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Dec 20, 2009

Are we the Green Generation?

Everyone and everything discuses being green. We have termed ourselves the Green Generation. We are proud of Wangari Maathai, 2004 and Al Gore, 2007 Nobel Prizes for their environmental works. There are green holidays, Earth Day, Arbor Day, World Water Day and green celebrities, Robert Redford, Darryl Hannah, Orlando Bloom, among others. Churches have gotten into the green mood, with the Environmental Sabbath. But in general people are green only by mouth not by lifestyle. They talk about green and green issues, but are not green in the way they live and personal conviction. Recently I met someone who is a true green, an environmentalist, not just as a politician, but a green by personal conviction, who is a living example of what it means to be a green person. She does not preach to me about green issues or the danger of global warming, but she is teaching me how to be a green person by being one before my eyes, by living a green lifestyle on a daily basis.

That global warming is a reality few reject or doubt today, the Earth is heating up. Scientific evidence and ecological data are so prevalent that even the most right wing evangelical Christian can no longer speaks against it. We have come as a nation and a global community to realize at last the reality and probability of global warming and its impending consequences in form of ecological disasters resulting from irreversible climatic changes. Hollywood could not stay indifferent to this issue. Several movies have been released that deal with this particular issue. There is Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth", the most famous movie, being, "The Day After Tomorrow" and recently released, "2012" which is loosely based on an ancient Mayan Prophecy about the end of the world.

But beyond the prevalent green mood and the rhetoric on global warming, how can we be a real green generation? One that will contribute to a better ecological future for the coming generations? The issue is not who is going to speak loudly about green issues but how, as a community, we can leave a world less exposed to the dangers of global warming. A world where our children and grandchildren breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a less polluted environment.

At the end of the day it is not just about great discourses on green issues or large worldwide conferences on global warming like the one that is going to take place at the end of this year, The Copenhagen Climate Conference. What really matters are simple daily acts like having containers for recycling in your bedroom, in your office and in your living room so that anything that can be recycled is collected for proper disposal. Packaging, cleaning supplies, transportation choices. It is living a simple lifestyle of a green person built on true personal green conviction. The more people, families and communities, adopt a green lifestyle and make a green commitment, the greener this generation will really become and the certainty of leaving a green legacy for the next generation will be insured.

Rev Alexander TahBi

240-701-4436; alextahbi@yahoo.com; kingdomimpact.blogspot.com

 


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