I originally called this post “How Christians Can Care For The Environment.” Grand but misleading, it makes me sound like an expert when what I really am is someone who has taken some teensy baby steps, and is looking for encouragement and incentive to do more to take care of the earth.
I can’t remember exactly when I started to care about the environment (possibly the season when I became less dogmatic about the end times.) I probably started with recycling, which I still do faithfully even though lots of stuff put in recycling ends up in landfills. Recycling gets more attention and focus, but I’m learning that reducing and reusing are where the real earth care lives.
I began seriously considering the amount of waste our family produces about 5 years ago when I participated in a group centered around 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, a life-changing book describing Jen Hatmaker’s experience doing month-long fasts in 7 different areas of excess. I highly recommend not just reading it: Gather a group and do it together.
In the Spring of 2014 my friends and I dragged our families through 2 weeks of REDUCING, cutting down our waste and contribution to landfills. I learned a lot from friends in the group who are much more environmentally conscious than me. One friend was even willing to try out “family cloth“. (She was the pretty hard core and even she didn’t last with this. I was unwilling to even try, and Matt still teases me about family cloth any time I mention environmentalism or waste reduction.)
What I was willing to try & have mostly stuck with:
I became a Christian in a wonderful Texas church with a firm stance on the end times: Jesus is going to rapture His church, beginning 7 years of tribulation during which the earth will be purged of evil, and after which He’ll establish the Millennial Kingdom bringing in a new heaven and a new earth.
I stopped fighting about end times theology a long time ago, but I feel pretty strongly about one of the results of this widespread belief among God’s people: Since it’s “all going to burn”, we don’t have any responsibility to care for the earth.
I’m embarrassed to think about how eye-rolly I used to be about people who cared about the environment, thinking only hippies cared about recycling, reducing, and reusing. Continue reading
Today I asked Facebook, “What is one thing Christians don’t care about, that they should? (Or an issue that, because they are Christians, people should care more about…)”
My Facebook friends are proving themselves to be the most thoughtful, considerate, and reasonable corner of the internet. And making me wish that people from the various seasons of my life could meet in real life.
I am fascinated by the responses, both the variety of perspectives and the way people’s answers reflect their own values and passions.
Over the next 30 days I am going to share my answer to this question: What I wish Christians cared more about. I have about 15 things that pop to mind when I think about what I wish Christians cared more about (I think some of them will surprise you). Some topics will cover several days, and I am also going to lean into a few answers people gave that I personally don’t know that much about. I’ll share what I learn, since it is awfully hard to care about things we don’t know or understand.
I’d love to hear from you: What is one thing you wish Christians cared more about?
Since prioritizing time to write has fallen by the wayside after changing jobs and entering a new season and schedule, I am going to participate in the Write 31 Days challenge. I’m hoping this will jump start me into making time for writing again (though I most likely won’t make all 31 of the days – I’m not going to attempt to write on Tuesdays, as my Tuesdays are 3 days long as it is…)