Scripture: Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:7-9, 15
Our sermon series during the fall is called Parallax. A parallax is when two people are looking at the exact same thing, but they are seeing it in completely different ways. The goal of this series is to explore how this is true of the Bible. This Sunday, TC and I will be preaching about the environment and the tension Christians face in having to care for the environment while also having to use the resources of the earth for survival.
Both scriptures come from Genesis and both scriptures provide commandments to humans in terms of how they are supposed to care for earth, although in slightly different ways. Both are telling us to be be good stewards of the planet. However, it’s a completely different issue to do something meaningful about being a good steward of the planet because that requires sacrifice.
Should we all drive less and use public transportation to reduce our carbon footprint? Yes, of course we should. But if I can get to my job in 30 minutes by driving a car versus an hour by taking public transportation, more than likely, I’m going to drive my car because that extra 30 minutes each way is more valuable to me now than feeling like I’m doing something to save the planet in the future.
This issue is even more compounded by the fact our economy is driven by consumption. The less we consume, the worse it is for the overall economic growth of our country. So if we want to make sure we’re not trashing the environment, we need to buy less stuff and the stuff we do buy needs to be reusable, which means it’s going to be more expensive and less convenient. This is a big sacrifice.
The problem with environmentalism can be summed like this: how are you going to convince everyone to buy less things and pay more for the things they buy, while also possibly destroying the very economic engine upon which they’ve come to rely on for their livelihood? Come hear the answer on Sunday because, not only are we talking about the environment, but it’s also World Communion Sunday where we are enjoying the Eucharist with our brothers and sisters all over the world. It should be a wonderful day, so I hope to see you there!