Is “Green” Christianity Here to Stay?
It’s not news that the environment is in trouble, that our natural resources are not infinite. But it may be news to some that Christians are increasingly on board with ecological concerns. Indeed, it seems that evangelicals are finally warming to a concern that has for way too long been considered solely a political (i.e. liberal) issue. It’s not a political issue. It’s a real-world issue. And for Christians, it’s a religious concern.
This is the thesis of the cover story I just wrote for Biola magazine.
It was a daring article, I think, for an evangelical university alumni magazine to put on its cover. But I’m extremely proud to have written it, and I think that more people will be encouraged than distressed by it.
The “greening of evangelicals” is a happy thing, but part of me wonders what the motivation for Christians is in joining the environmental cause. Is it truly because we care for the environment and want to steward the creation God’s given us? Or is it about “being relevant” in a culture that increasingly revolves around “being green”?
Also, what about the money that can be made by jumping into the “green industry”? There are entire industries now that are taking advantage of consumers’ green guilt, from hybrid cars to sustainable fashion lines. And, perhaps unexpectedly, Christian booksellers are taking advantage.
Behold: the “Green-letter Bible.” Is it a step forward for Christianity? Or a shameless attempt to cash in on a white hot commercial trend?
I don’t know. But I don’t want to get too cynical about this, because I’d much rather be excited by it. My hope is that we can all come together and work hard to address environmental concerns, not because it’s trendy, but because it’s responsible. It’s even biblical.