6/13/2011

Greenies

Monday June 20th, Genesis 1, It was good: And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. If God made it and it was good, I wonder why we as humans do not grasp the sin of destroying it. Thanks to the work of environmentalists, public figures like Al Gore (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/243) and school children and countless thousands of others, the issue of climate change is starting to come out of the trenches and into the limelight. With the rise of tea party politics we have the unusual phenomenon whereby common folk do the dirty work of large corporations to roll back environmental laws so the corporations can make more money and bribe congress to give them more tax breaks which are paid for by the common folk who do the dirty work. The “Greenies” are still being vilified by many in our current make a buck world as holding back progress. But instead of holding back progress, what they are doing is holding up God’s creation. Holding up creation should be the churches job, but we dropped the ball and have only now started to pick it up again. We now have a recycling center at church. Our motto: bring your garbage to church, what can’t be recycled can be forgiven. There is however a long way to go. What else can congregations do to hold up that which God created and called good? Wouldn’t it be great if every church had a windmill instead of a steeple?

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