It’s environmental care week on the blog. In case you missed Monday’s intro post (spurred on by earth day), we are talking about a Christian response to caring for the environment. I’d love for this week to be a conversation, so please link up, comment, and share. I’ want to hear your thoughts and implementation of caring for the environment.
In all of my learnings, musings, and elementary practice of environmental care, one theme is consistent: In order for me to care for the earth, I am going to have to sacrifice. If I don’t change the way that I dispose of waste, or the things that I purchase, or the amount that I purchase, or what I drive, or how I drive… nothing changes in the world.
Sacrifice is a strong word, because even in my “sacrifice” I am living an easy life. And even in my “sacrifice” I can still sacrifice far more.
My selfishness inflicts pain, difficulty, poverty, loss of resources, and loss of freedom for others around the world. My husband and I owned an SUV for several years, and we placed a toll on our environment. I choose to eat my favorite produce year-round, which places a toll on our environment. I choose to get paper cups when I purchase an afternoon chai rather than use my morning’s coffee mug, which places a toll on our environment.
“The earth was designed to sustain every generation’s needs, not be plundered in an attempt to meet one generation’s wants” (Sleeth)
My choices of whether to buy that certain type of wood could mean home displacement for a resident in a heavily forested area in South America. My choices of whether to take the time to scoop out and rinse that gross plastic container (you know, the one with mold growing in it) or just throw it all away could mean health or cancer for my neighbor. My choice of whether to use that bleach product that makes me feel like the bathroom is squeaky clean could mean healthy or toxic streams.
The thing that comes between me and making good choices for the earth is selfishness.
And the honest truth is, that as a Christ-follower, I don’t really have the option for selfishness.
“The Christian is not at liberty to do whatever he likes. Christians are constrained by conviction to think about their lives, their actions, and their responsibilities.” (Sleeth)
I don’t want to be a part of contributing to these statistics, and as a Christ-follower, the only place I should have in these statistics is in reducing them.
What do you think about this? What sacrifices have you made to make the work more sustainable for others?