Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Go Green

It seems as if everywhere you turn today people are telling you to "Go Green." No, it is not a cheer to motivate the Michigan State Spartans, nor is it kudos to Kermit the Frog, but rather it is an exhortation to conserve resources, use earth-friendly products, and reduce emissions.

Green is a good thing, isn't it? We should all be careful users of the limited natural resources we have. We need to care for the outdoor environment. (Genesis 2:15 - "Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.") To insure there will be clean air and water for our children and our children's children just makes sense.

It seems that today, however, we are closing in on having regulations and laws passed that will further legislate the issue for industries and individuals. Some would say it's the only way to insure the future of the environment; others would say we don't need another set of laws. But if we rely on people to voluntarily do the right thing, will they? And what is the right thing? Will people learn to be better caretakers of the environment if we pass laws and affix penalties? What's the best way to get the point across that taking care of the earth is good for us now and good for us in the future?

I am having a hard time getting my arms around this one. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Just because there are no comments made over the past weeks, it does not mean that there is no one reading, nor does it mean that the thoughts are not thought provoking, nor does it mean that the little articles are out of touch.

I have found joy in reading these little thoughts, and they have indeed been provoking. They are "right on" and jar my mind to reflection.

Thanks! Carl

Anonymous said...

shame we can't simply have "be green" with just a little common sense. What did we learn as youngsters? pick up after yourself, and if you like something take care of it.

Anonymous said...

Example and gentle persuation are
likely the best methods to show how and urge others to notice and respond. Better than burning lodges!

Les said...

We all need to be more conscious about going "Green". We often leave lights on unnecessarily, use more water than we need to washup, brush teeth or shower. We drive to the corner store when we could walk. If we all do our little bit it will add up to a lot. We need to be better stewards of the blessings our God has given us, and it starts with educating our children to go "Green"

Terry Hyde said...

We must be good stewards of what God has given us to keep, as we are reminded by...

Psalm 8
(4) what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?...
(6) You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
(7) all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
(8) the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

This is quite a responsibility but we need not overeact as many do today. I always consider the worldview of whomever is writing or speaking about going green or global warming. If they do not have a Biblical worldview, I will largely ignore what they have to say.

Some of the folk who are panicking over going green and global warming today were predicting another ice age 25 years ago. One who comes to mind here in Canada, and is highly regarded by the secular media, David Suzuki, has said "there is no God".

The Bible tells us...

Psalm 53:1
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

In Christ, who is our King of King and Lord of Lord's

Terry Hyde
Calgary, Alberta, Canada