Confession is good for the soul. Whether it's coming clean to a person you've wronged or admitting your wrongdoings in a faith-based situation, admitting your wrongdoings is the first step towards self-forgiveness and moving on.
A number of bloggers have waxed and worried about their "transgressions" lately. Sometimes it's as simple as replacing a broken product with something new, other times, it's a self-proclaimed binge.
And then, buried in the comments yesterday, is this charge:
Sounds like living green is becoming a religion.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But for me, it's part of living out my faith. You see, I look at being green as fulfilling a couple of things:
- caring for God's creatures.
- being wise with your resources you've been entrusted with.
You see, if you waste what you have, buying tons of junk, you've squandered money and surrounded yourself with stuff - keeping yourself from the joy of just living. On top of that, often we buy more than we need, and that money spent on stuff could have been used to help others in need.
I'm not alone in seeing greener living as part of living out your faith. Several Protestant churches, including Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, have signed The Genesis Covenant, which calls for its churches and its members to advocate for a reduction of greenhouse gases.
God entrusted the Earth to human care, and as faithful stewards of God’s
Creation, we need to understand the devastating impacts that global climate
change will have and is already having on human communities around the world.
Interestingly, being green was part of the Pope's New Year's Day message (on what's called the "World Day of Peace") this year. According to the St. Louis Review:
The degradation of the environment is a pressing moral problem that threatens
peace and human life itself, Pope Benedict XVI said.
"We cannot remain
indifferent to what is happening around us, for the deterioration of any one
part of the planet affects us all."
What do you think? Do you think being green is a kind of religion in itself, part of living out your faith, or do you do it for other reasons?