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THE GO GREEN ECO CHRISTIAN
The Challenges Facing an Eco Christian
Christians going green face the same challenges as everyone on the planet in regards to environmental protection and other related issues. However, their challenges are compounded by the battles raging from within as politics and religion lock horns, upsetting the fragile balance that has been taken for granted worldwide. Like other religions, they are not just dealing with prejudices from their own, but through the lack of understanding from other religions, as the other religions themselves are facing as well. However, thanks to the meetings of world religious leaders, this time of religious differences is being eradicated as they find that combining forces through tolerance and better education about each other's beliefs is essential for a green future, not just for the planet, but for all peoples. It has become a socially responsible and ethical duty instead of a choice that Christians are taking very seriously, much in the same way as Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and aboriginal religion followers are.
How the Eco Christian Can Go Green
There are numerous ways in which an eco friendly Christian can contribute towards a healthier and greener environment in their daily lives. Most importantly, green Christians must always keep in mind that we are all the children of our creator (God) and that regardless of our differences, religious or otherwise, we must work together for a healthier planet. However, the important ways that Christians can help with green living and going green are:
- Care for the poor: "If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks."- Deuteronomy 15:7
- Educate and support the poor with employment, green homes and sustainability
- Think, live and do everything in a green fashion
- Make the passage from Genesis 2:15 into one of our going green ideals: "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
- Love and respect all of God's (the creator's) creations - the planet and all living creatures - "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." - Genesis 1:31
- Love and respect all of God's (the creator's) creations - the people - "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God." - 1 John 4:7 and "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." - Matthew 7:37-40
- Learn what being green is and what it means
- Spread the pure message of the Bible about the creation of all things, including ourselves - "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." - Job 12:7-10
Being a good Christian is not just about going to church or practicing your religious beliefs in daily life, but understanding and learning that going green is a responsibility and an ethical mandate that we are bound to uphold, according to the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. By understanding, education, tolerance, kindness, respect and care for others, ourselves, our planet and even those whose religious beliefs in God may vary from ours, and working together with other world religions, we can as good Christians help to care for God's planet, creatures and all peoples. Being an eco friendly Christian starts from within and is shared with everyone and anyone.
- “Green Christian Network”, website, Green Christian Network, 2009, http://greenchristiannetwork.com/
- “The Environment: Who Cares?”, online articles, GreenChristian.Co.UK, 2009, http://greenchristian.co.uk/2009/08/the-environment-who-cares/
- “The Bible on the Poor”, Andrés Tapia, and Arnie Fishman, online article, 1989, Zompist.Com, http://www.zompist.com/meetthepoor.html
- “The Bible”, BibleGateway.Com, 2010, http://www.biblegateway.com/
- “How to Go Green if You're a Christian”, Turtledove, eHow, Inc., 1999-2010, http://www.ehow.com/how_5018080_go-green-youre-christian.html
- “Green Christianity”, Mark Wallace, speech, Western Illinois University, 2010, http://www.wiu.edu/newsrelease.sphp?release_id=5741