In honor of Earth Day, which is this Sunday, April 22nd, we wrote this short essay.
There is a big trend these days revolving around environmental issues. Many people might mistakenly assume that taking care of the planet is not on our list of priorities. Hopefully, we can add a bit here to deflate that impression.
We are very concerned about our planet, and what humanity is doing to it. This is yet another place where it is necessary to point out that the degredation of our planet can be traced back to the love of money. (Some of you might be saying: “Dang! Another thing related to greed!?) Yep, you got it!
Is it really that hard to see that what we are doing to negatively effect the earth can be based on greed? Cutting down rainforests, polluting our oceans, filling the air with toxic chemicals, wasting natural resources, “planned obsolescence” (in other words, manufacturing crap that doesn’t last very long, thereby creating more waste)…
These are just some examples of what a system built ultimately on greed proves itself to be.
In our fight against this “filthy rotten system” that we (as humans) have developed, we need to look back at the wisdom in Christs’ teachings about not accumulating wealth and possessions, as these eventually become the (broken) world that we are now a part of. Sure, some may mention that there have been other ancient texts and religions which have held the “simple life” in high regard, but what we have seen in Jesus’ teachings as a whole have shown us a very concise, practical, and yet revolutionary way of challenging the core of the problem, which happens to be human nature. Until the hearts of individuals are turned away from the lust for more, more, and more, we will not change as a species.
We believe it is part of our mission to share our message with the world, to hopefully change one person at a time. Until people can witness us living what we preach, they won’t be inspired to try it for themselves. If you really want to begin to see a change in the world, start with yourself. There are already lots of things most of us know about with regard to “saving” the planet, like recycling and using more fuel effecient automobiles. However, what if YOU chose to go further, by voting with your life? What if YOU chose to quit your job, and spent those precious hours doing something that was infinitely more valuable? At the very least, you might not being paying taxes that ultimatley feed the war machine anymore, which threatens all of us with nuclear genocide.
Life is short. Why not look for another way to live, rather than the one that was handed down to you? Who knows, you might even end up helping to heal some of the damage we have inflicted on our great planet.