Why I Feel Called To Sustainable Living As A Christian
In the sixth grade, I started a green club at my school. It didn't last for more than that year and I'm not sure that we did much more than doodle planet earths on canvas bags with puffy paint and putz around the school courtyard, but I think it's pretty cool that even at that age I cared enough about the earth to organize a club for it.
Since my reduce, reuse, and recycle days, I haven't put too much thought into my impact on this earth. I've mainly only focused on the impact plastic and chemicals have on my health. Sure, I stopped using plastic straws and yes I went vegan, but I didn't make that transition for environmental reasons, that ended up just being a bonus.
Recently my eyes have been opened to the importance and urgency of leaving a softer footprint on this planet. I was aware of this before, but now I'm serious about it.
Something that has really been bothering me is that there are non-Christians out there that care more about this planet and they don't even believe that it was our Heavenly Father that created it...and I think that really says something. Christians and conservatives tend to have a bad rep when it comes to environmental issues and I'm here to simply say that it should be quite the opposite.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
I'm sure you've heard the line "if God's going to destroy the earth anyways, why does it matter?" Let's get this straight- God doesn't want to destroy the earth. He wants to destroy the evil and wickedness of the earth so we can live in the perfect harmony that one day will be.
Of all people, we as Christians should be doing everything we can to take better care of this earth.
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world and those who dwell in it,"
Just as I feel strongly called to show compassion, kindness, gentleness, and love to all living creatures, I'm learning that I feel that same call towards the earth itself because I know that humans, animals, and nature are all given life through the same source.
"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind."
The truth is, the earth that God gave life to in Genesis is now dying, and I care enough to do something about it. I think we all should. We are to be good stewards of this earth and the time that we have been given here. I know you know my thoughts on food and how we should treat our bodies, our temples of the Holy Spirit, but I think how we treat this planet very much so needs to come into play and consideration as well.
Surely, you can go to church and have an amazing relationship with Jesus and still eat Doritos and use plastic wrap, because ultimately it's not about our works and it's not about what we do. That's not at all what this is meant to say. BUT.
When you love someone, the desire is automatically instilled in you to want to respect what they create and love what they too love. We say we love the Lord and His Creation but are we actually putting our money where our mouth is? Are we actively showing that love through how we treat those creations?
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and care for it."
Caring about sustainability and the environment means more than just quitting plastic water bottles and starting to recycle. Yes, those are awesome little changes that you can make, but it more so needs to be about recognizing and respecting the earth and nature that God created and considering that with every action and purchase that we make. It has to be a heart change first, and then the other stuff will come easy.
This is just some food for thought, and more so me thinking out loud, as I am too just realizing and comprehending these new things that have been put on my heart.
It's been awhile since I've written anything on this blog and if I'm being honest it's because I had no idea what direction to take this blog or if I was even going to continue with it. I needed some time to see where the Lord would guide me, and He has led me here.
The past few weeks have showed me that blogging and sharing information like this with you is truly where my heart is, so I'm not going anywhere.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm no where near zero waste and I have absolutely no plans on adopting the "Family Cloth" aaaaaanytime soon. But there are small changes that we all can make, that correlate with the "natural living" and "simple living" lifestyle that I, and many of you, already carry out. I want to share these things with you guys. More recipes, more tips, more changes you can make- so we can go through this amazing journey together.
I hope this is something that has sparked your interest and that you would like to see more of. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are eager to get started but don't know where to begin. In the meantime, just keep an eye out for more posts coming soon. (You can sign up for email updates using the box in my side bar!)
Thanks for reading my thoughts and always supporting me, friends!