Or baptize your SUV for Jesus…
Well in an attempt to please everyone; and my nature is to please everyone or piss everyone off, I’m writing on the environment and being missional because there’s two synchroblogs going on.
Now, this is not as much of a stretch as some might think.
There’s this argument going around by people who are concerned that by ‘going green’ would keep people in poverty and therefore we should be careful about listening to the fear rhetoric that is been dished out by environmentalists and their demi-god, Al Gore.
Actually, this is, to put it simply, as stupid argument and I haven’t heard much response to it.
The truth is, ‘going green’ is more than an environmental issue, it’s a social justice issue. A social justice issue then becomes a missional opportunity as well.
Let’s take this generic yet all to common example:
A man from an indigenous tribe in the rain forest looses his village do to logging and ranching. This man then has to work in a factory to make a living; working for slave wages as the ‘civilized ones’ try and bring this man out from the dark ages in which he lives.
This man not only looses his lifestyle, his home, and his culture, he also looses his dignity. What kind of God would bring him to that? Making a better quality of life by helping warring tribes become peaceful or advancing their medical facilities and education is one thing, but giving people no other choice but to loose everything is not the advancement of civilization.
If we look at the larger picture, let’s observe the tribe in Alaska that is loosing their town because of climate change, or the droughts in Africa with vanishing water supplies that leave only war and poverty.
It doesn’t take a prophet to realize that if we do nothing about curbing the rapid climate change problem, it will cause further human suffering; and that is a real humanitarian problem. Let’s take the missional approach and eradicate poverty now by going green, and not wait.
If we don’t do anything, we won’t have a missional opportunity but a humanitarian catastrophe.
And if you don’t believe in climate change, then don’t do it for the polar bears, do it for the humanity.
To make that point all too clear, I vote for bashing SUV’s for Jesus. 😉
Other synchroblogs – not all of them are up yet.
Is it All About the Green? by Phil Wyman
Rediscovering Humanity’s Primal Commission by Adam Gonnerman
Turn or Burn? A New Liberal Hell? by Cobus van Wyngaard
Little Green Man by Sonja Andrews
Saints and Animals by Steve Hayes