God charged Adam and Eve with taking care of creation. The Burner assumes that this is our charge as well (nothing Jesus said or did seems to lift this command from our responsibility). Maybe you don’t live where the environment seems to be worth taking care of, but the Bible don’t say love your neighbor only if he’s easily loved.
So there should be some outrage from the Christian community about these ecological disasters that Foreign Policy lists. Sure it’s just a drop in what is likely occurring every day all around the world, and someday it might end up at your front door. Then you’d care.
Nigeria – Imagine a Valdez spill a day. For 40 years.
China – Underground coal fires. Buring for 40 years.
Haiti – Not earthquakes, but massive deforestation.
Aral Sea – Diverted water has left villages high and dry, killed fish and reduced water supplies to dangerous levels.
Pacific Ocean – The Eastern Garbage Path swirls trash in an area at least the size of Texas and maybe three or four more.
TB knows that the pulpit is the place to talk about some things and not other things, but care for the planet that God gave us does not make us into tree-hugging earth worshippers. If someone did any of these things to your church’s landscape, don’t you think you would hear about it from your members? You betcha. And if the church is not a building, a steeple, a resting place, but really the people, then there are people somewhere whose church is being trashed, and it’s time to think about saying something.
(via Foreign Policy)