Why Does the Church Not Focus on the Environment?
Have you ever held a seed in your hands and contemplated it’s life to yours?
I’m freaking serious.
When my professor for Philosophy, Religion, and The Environment told us to do that, I was perplexed.
“Why the heck would I want to meditate over this seed?”
The assignment was to take a seed. Go out into nature. Put the seed in the palm of your hand. Close your eyes and think. Think about where it came from. Think about what it will become. Think about its significance in your life.
Wait, what? it’s significance in my life?
Yep. True story. This was an assignment we got credit for. Beats designing an ad campaign or building a website, right?
As silly as that assignment sounds, that dumb seed made me think about my life: I know where I came from, but why am I here? What is my purpose? How am I to grow? What obstacles will I face? What will happen when I dying? What impact will I have made once I die? Will I leave a legacy for others to follow?
That assignment eventually lead into the chapter of Christianity and the Environment, of which isn’t a topic most churches speak on these days. I mean, really. When was the last time you went to church and they encouraged you to go more green and grow your own food?
In this chapter I had to read 3 articles. Each author placing their opinion on the relationship between Christianity & Creation. One author stood out saying that most Christian theologians “believe that nature cannot teach man anything about God and is therefore of no theological and spiritual interest”. He also says others have began to realize “the need to believe that the creation displays the mark of the Creator in order to be able to have a firm faith in the religion itself”.
Another author said that the Christian dogma of man’s transcendence of, and rightful mastery over nature is what has lead to modern technology and science today which has ruined our environment and that we as Christians should feel incredibly guilty.
THEN he states that Christians, since we are “superior” to nature, would look at a tree and see it as nothing more than a physical fact. whatttttt?
He ends his article by saying we will never fix our environmental problem until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence except to serve man.
Essentially, we as Christians FAIL at honoring, respecting, and understanding the planet God has given us.
And so I think to myself, well…are we failing? Do we even care? Do we show others that we appreciate the Earth God has given us? Are we willing to sacrifice satisfaction and convenience to better not only nature, but others?
It’s crazy once we begin to see and realize the filthy world we are living in and how simple it is to make small changes that make HUGE impacts.
What are some environmentally friendly ways you are giving back?