I've been thinking a lot about 'Going Green' and comments from you; for and against the idea of what we've been posting. Let me start out by saying that I'm truly thrilled that people are reading, thinking, talking & even arguing about this blog and the idea of going green and how that might effect you and your home... Like I've said before this has been a journey for us that God has been growing us in for about 4 years now and has only increased in this last month because I decided to do a sermon/message at our local church about 2 weeks ago on the subject. There were two comments that did catch me by surprise though.
One: I don't like the term 'Going Green' because of what or how it's been used...
Two: Yah, the whole caring for creation thing is good but you can't let it become your god...
I think we are seriously missing the point here on both comments. One, the term 'Going Green' really is just a term! The first thing I think of is the term or word God. We use the word God all the time as Christians. But so do Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist & Jehovah's Witness'. Yet I don't think we have much in common when we use that word accept we're all talking about a high deity. As a Christians the term "God" means way more then a higher deity.
I typed in 'Going Green' at Wikipedia.com and this is what I got.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Environmentalism as a social movement
Environmentalism can also be defined as a social movement that seeks to influence the political process by lobbying, activism, and education in order to protect natural resources and ecosystems. In recognition of humanity as a participant in ecosystems, the environmental movement is centered on ecology, health, and human rights.
An environmentalist is a person who may advocate the sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the natural environment through changes in public policy or individual behavior. In various ways (for example, grassroots activism and protests), environmentalists and environmental organizations seek to give the natural world a stronger voice in human affairs.
I feel strongly that we are getting caught up in semantics when we choose to argue the term 'Going Green' with a different term like 'good stewardship'. Being a good steward is another general term that has to do with a lot of things i.e. time & money. We (Ruth & I) personally still like using the term going green because it really does simply mean being environmental and it's the popular term that people use and understand today. If you don't like it then don't use it or use something else on your blog or when talking to people. But for this blog it's not going to be changed...
Now for the second matter. "Being environmental is good and all but don't let it become your god". I would argue that being environmental and healthy is an act of Christian responsibility and can be seen as worship to our Lord. When I look outside and see creation, or look at my girls and their little bodies that God created and I can't help but respond is worship and adoration in Him and want to take care of both those things. Why don't you agree? Maybe it's just the missionary in us? But we see going green as an outpouring back to God, a respect as you will. I would take it so far as to say that if you don't care about taking good care of the environment and your body then you're being disrespectful of the one who created it & loves it. I read the verses in Gen 3 and Rom. 8:18-25 and yes, I see that God cursed the earth in specific ways because of Adam and Eve's sin. But I still don't understand why that gives us freedom to pollute or mistreat the earth or our bodies.
As for why our last 9 out 10 post have been on why to go green? It's because at the end of my sermon notes on May 26 I said this "P.S. I think, I'll be 'posting' throughout the month on why and helps to go green. So, stay tuned for more..." So I'm sorry if you didn't catch that but we're exited to take out a month on our website and focus in on the issue of the environment and our bodies and better ways to take care of them. So we still have a few weeks left and I still have more 'going green' things to post about! Sorry if your not on board but no worries, this subject will pass although I'm sure it'll come up now and then.
Remember one thing. My friend Bryce once told me "humans are creatures of habit". We don't take change real well. Some of you are exited about wanting to go green because it's a new act of worship for you as it is for us. Just this last week I picked up a free high chair at the dump and as I was putting it in our car two old ladies said, "make sure you sand that down and re-paint it while wearing a mask because I'm sure it was painted with lead paint". Now this is funny to me because how is it that something we were doing not all that long ago with lead paint (adding lead to paint to speed drying, increase durability, retain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion) was excepted but is now a big offense, and old ladies at the dump tell you about it?! You might being doing things now where you say "It's just paint", but is it really? :)