i was talking to a friend yesterday about a segment she had listened to on npr that featured a christian man whose perspective on social and environmental issues sounded starkly different to the 'religious right'. he was describing the concept that we are to be stewards of this earth and use its resources responsibly.

now i realize its easier said than done, but gosh doesn't it sound like a no brainer to treat the earth as a gift? at least TRY to be intentional about the ways we use and treat it?

i just can't help but feel like this is another example of mainstream western christians using the bible to justify our lifestyle instead of really letting the bible guide our choices & convictions. you can't just cherry pick the parts that jive with you and ignore the hard parts. i feel like everywhere i turn lately that is what i see.

mind you, i am the last one that will line up to throw any stones. i'm just saddened that this mainstream sentiment is what the majority of people have come in contact with as 'christianity' when it seems so far from what jesus advocated.


ashley said...

mollie, you should check out this blog i stumbled across recently. this family is moving to haiti (dad left a week or so ago, momma & kiddos leave today). but she talks about this very subject and her writing is amazingly honest & pure. I think you'd like it!


klp said...

is there a "like" button on here? :)

Bonnie said...

here is the interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128776382

Elizabeth Phillips said...

I get what you are saying, however the Christians who usually espouse this view have a couple of issues that don't hold up Biblically. A) Romans tells us that ALL of Creation is waiting for its redemption, and B)the world already has a savior...and it is not humanity. That being said, we should be good stewards. We just shouldn't pretend we can save the world. All of creation is fallen--humans, the weather, the ground, etc.

Deb said...

I am just finishing up the best book called "Grace Based Parenting" and it gave a great examination of Legalistic parenting and Grace based discussing how God's whole example of his love to us is grace. It really made me think about how many christians are so quick to judge and ignore the very example that Jesus gave on how to lead our lives.