A few recent events have led me to believe that Christians who view ecology as something important (in other words they are “green”), need to have thought through some ethical questions. How does one relate to those with whom they disagree? How far is one willing to go in pursuing “greener” goals?

One should honor and respect those who are not “green” because they are the image bearers of God, even if they disagree with you. Unfortunately, some people take their environmental agenda so far, that they are wiling to harm other humans who get in the way of their goals (see story here). This type of behavior must be condemned by Christians, even those who are “green”. This is because of the Christian ideal of “treating others as you want to be treated” which is a proverb based upon biblical truth.

Still, the environmentalists (except for the deep ecology people) have as their goal the preservation of the planet for humans. So, how does hurting humans to save the planet fit in? It simply does not work. Their logic deconstructs.

A town in Spain has erected solar panels over a graveyard in order to pursue a greener supply of energy (see article here). Does this cross some sort of a line in respecting human dignity? Some would argue that this does cross a line. While I am not yet ready to take a position on this (I haven’t thought it through enough) I do believe that Christians should respect human dignity. For me, this means that we should not engage in abortion or the euthanizing of the mentally challenged for population control. Of course, protestants have generally thought of birth control as acceptable (although one Southern Baptist recently went against this, here).

So there are several issues for the Christian to think through regarding the issue of how far one should go to pursue a green agenda. However, one can and should always treat other people in teh way that Christ did, with respect and honor -even those we disagree with.

2 comments on “Being Ethical while fighting for the Environment

  • I’m not sure of how the ethics of Christian ecology differ from that of Christianity as a whole. What I mean is that how you relate to others on ecological issues is a subset of how you relate to others as a believer. Christianity is a life-transforming relationship, right? Relate to others is a way that is honoring to God.

    I love the new look to this blog.

  • What you said is true. However, some people get tunnel vision when looking at certain issues, like Abortion, the Environment, Barak Obama, Islam, etc. My point is that even when taking action for these type of things, one must do it in a fashion which honors God. It sounds simplistic, but I think it is often overlooked.

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