Greenpeace

 

So, when I was in the United Kingdom, Christians and Greenpeace seemed to have a lot in common.  A lot of my friends dressed like Greenpeace wannabes.  Now I had virtually forgotten about them.  But they were forced back into my thoughts when an energetic girl in the street tried to talk me into becoming a member.  I believe that they love Creation whether they know the Creator or not.  Take a look at their website www.greenpeace.org Do you think that Christians and Greenpeace have the same goals?  Where are we the same?  Where do we differ?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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3 Responses to Greenpeace

  1. otrojake says:

    Thanks for your comment.I think that Christians and environmentalist groups can have a lot in common. Of course, there are Christians who believe since the earth’s going to end anyway why not just use it all right now–or in the words of Ann Coulter “rape it” since G-d gave us dominion over creation. But Christians with a stewardship view of creation definitely have a lot in common with Greenpeace.A word about the plastics thing, though… It’s ridiculously hard. I’ve stopped shampooing my hair recently–after a couple of greasy weeks, it usually goes back to normal while your hair follicles adjust their oil levels–along with giving up frozen pizza (oh, the cruelty!) and other plastic packaged foods. It is near impossible to go plastic free. Take, for example, toothbrushes, prescription medication, and transportation. Vehicle maintenance (whether car or bicycle) will always need some sort of plastic container, it seems. I’m finding this out with my bike. While I’m definitely using less plastic for my lubrication bottles with my bike. I just bought two plastic bottles of lubrication that will last for probably about a year as opposed to the six one-quart oil bottles I would use every three months changing the oil on my car (which I no longer have anymore–just biking it these days). So…while it’s darn near impossible in today’s culture to go completely plastic free, there are tons of things you can do–like using reusable shopping and produce bags to bringing your own containers to restaurants for leftovers–that will drastically reduce your plastic waste. Considering that some plastic bottles may never biodegrade, I think it’s worth it to try. And good luck to you if you should try to go that route.

  2. Matt says:

    I agree that Greenpeace seems to love Creation, and I would add that they seem to have a love for people as well. They oppose global warming and nuclear energy primarily on the grounds that they have the potential to kill millions of people. Obviously, they don’t as an organization support the Lordship of Christ, but perhaps they shouldn’t. That is to say, perhaps this is an organization that is better off religiously neutral, (at least in declared position) because it offers a place for Christians and nonchristians who both have environmentalistic goals to rub shoulders and build common ground.

  3. After reading this post and perusing Green Peace’s website, I was actually surprised at how many similarities I found between the organization and Christianity. I suppose, I had never really thought about the two in conjunction with each other; Christianity was a belief and Green Peace was the group that hired people to try to talk to me on Chicago Ave about saving the whales. So, I was glad to look into the organization further. One thing that struck my eye first was the emphasis that GP puts on taking action. I feel as if lately I’ve been hearing about “saving the earth” and “going green” from all directions and while I would certainly rather fill my own mug with tea than have Starbucks waste another paper cup, this whole campaign is becoming exhausting because of its lack of action. It seems as though anyone nowadays can campaign for change while not changing themselves. It was refreshing to see that this organization states what they want to see happen and then they empower people to fulfill those goals. This, ideally, is what Christianity is to look like as well. We have a goal, we have commands we want to follow and have been empowered by the Holy Spirit and given both instructions and examples of how to do so. Therefore, while it may not always be the reality there should be a strong common ground between Green Peace and Christianity through the idea that both have a desire for positive change and call for people to step up and take action to make those changes.

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