ARE CHRISTIANS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?

I’m green just because of muy love to the Gospel truth.

I’m not green because I am green part activist or because I support an non profit organisation that protects the environment.
The Christianity origin is deeply rooted to the Earth and Humanity. Whoever is said to be a Christian has to understand and feel the call to care the Planet and the Human being.

Much has been talked about the mortal sin.

Do you ever consider the damage we do to the Earth, and subsequently the damage we do to the human beings, to be a sin?

Perhaps we are in agreement but we think our life is far from the oil industry, the industrial pollution, the forestry harvester or the human explotation of the textile industry…yet these are not that far away from us, rather these all are closely linked to our daily consumption. How does the thermometer of my greed for consuming look like?. This temperature is going to show how my heart is, and will reflect my commitment to a fair sharing of the Goods in the world.”

“When people become self-centred and self-councious, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. (…) An obsession for a consumer lifestyle, particularly when only a few are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction”. Pope Francis. Laudato si. What is happening to our common house. Chapter VI. 204.

The context in which we all live traps us, and it becomes increasingly difficult to change our habits. However, it is not impossible. Recycling, reusing, everyday items, consuming less energy, using public transport, caring for nature …”We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world”. Pope Francis. Laudato si. What is happening to our common house. Capítulo VI. 212.

If we are very concerned about justice, if we care about humans who lack food, education, water, a roof over their shoulders and a dignifying life…Even if we support charities that raise funds for those people…we have to worry about the environment. Because this is all in one. Being a Committed Christian to developing countries and being stuck in consumption, it’s an inconsistency. It’s playing at “I give you one but I take off a hundred out of you”.

“Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it….We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature”. Pope Francis. Laudato si. What is happening ti our common house. Chapter IV. 139.

Let’s be prayerful, profound, supportive, realistic, sensitive and committed Christians… Let’s be green Christians. The care for nature must be independent from politics. Every supportive human being, every humanistic political party should have an environmental awareness. We, the followers of Christ have it in our roadmap.

“…the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Francis Pope. What is happening to our common house. Chapter VI. 217.

Recommended readings:

  • Laudato si. What is happening to our common house. Encyclical by Pope Francis
  • The Song of the Earth. Pierre Rahbi.
  • Una vida sobria, honrada y religiosa (A frugal, honest and religious life). José Eizaguirre.
  • Praises of Creatures. Francis of Assisi.
  • Towards the happy sobriety. Pierre Rahbi.

Written by Anabel Jiménez

Translated by Mari Flor Flores Vela