We live in a interesting moment of history. All across the world, religions are awakening to the sanctity of the earth. It is a global shift that some are calling the “eco-zoic” era. I like that. Post-apocalyptic movies like “The Day the Earth Stood Still” are making a field day with this type of thought: The earth can and will sustain herself beyond our mess…whether humans remain a viable species is the question. Will mother earth wipe out us children because of the way we treat her?
Unfortunately for Christians, we often have a sense that this earth will burn, so why take care of it? By the way, that is a mark of modern Christianity. The earth in the eyes of the early and Medieval Church was viewed far more as a sacred source of life. Ever read “Canticle of Brother Sun”?
So the question now is this: can we turn ship? What will it take to get masses of people to stop trashing the soil and destroying the oceans? There has to be a way.
So let me suggest this: it is not about a change of mind, it is about a change of heart. This is where vibrant faith steps in. The green movement has already changed our minds in North America. What we need now is a life change. It is the change of a thousands of small decisions on the part of millions of people. It is a change that everyone must be able to make. A sustainable lifestyle for millions will only spring from a deep reverence for the earth and for all who live upon it. It must not be based in guilt or fear but love. It can be based in Christian scripture, and we can find the way in Jesus’ heart. This must be the core of our curriculum, not another top ten list of things to do to save the earth.
A good place to start: go spend some time with a few good friends in a park…