Sometimes in churches today, concern for the environment is seen simply as political activity; therefore, we are told that it detracts us from the central mission of the Christian faith.  I disagree.  When Christians confess the belief that God is “maker of heaven and earth,” I hear that creed as a call to care for creation.  In the Genesis story, God declares the earth to be “good.”

A pursuit of the holy and the eternal and responsible citizenship in the world do not need to be two different activities.  “God has created the world of space and time be the sphere of God’s dealings with humankind.”  The Confession of 1967 continues, “In its beauty and vastness, sublimity and awfulness, order and disorder, the world reflects to the eye of faith the majesty and mystery of its Creator.”[1]

A faith-based perspective might give a person a new approach to the environmental challenges we face today.  Living, working, playing, learning, eating, traveling and worshipping God are all interconnected.   Authentic spirituality is holistic, personal and social.

  • What would it mean for people of faith to think more holistically about life together on planet earth?
  • What does it mean to be a neighbor on our planet today?

[1] The Presbyterian Church (USA), The Confession of 1967 — Inclusive Language Version (Louisville, A Corporation on behalf of the Office of Theology and Worship, 2002), 9.16.