What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Isn't it ironic?

I read an advertisement recently encouraging you to "GO GREEN" for Earth Day. The ironic thing was: they were selling paper plates. Paper napkins. Paper cups. and random other paraphernalia. (It was all made from recycled materials, though!)

Wouldn't a more "green" response be to use NON-disposable items and WASH them?

Green clothing has to be organic~but to me, a more profitable response to buying a new organic wardrobe would be to go thrifting and repurpose.

"Organic" foods prepackaged are selling themselves as best, but wouldn't it be best to grow your OWN?

"Green" Home makeovers spend tons of money, energy, and fuel to create brand new homes that are solar powered, using recycled materials but instead: couldn't we just live in a smaller house that already exists?

Does this all seem ironic to anyone but me?!?

Truth is, "Green" is a gimmick.

A "Green" crowd is the cool crowd, and because it is the new cool, it has become a buzzword to tout around. And sell.

Buying a bunch of stuff to throw away in order to "go green" is just plain hypocritical.

Now lest you think me an absolute pessimist, I know that there are true blue save-the-earthers out there who do their part (and mine, while they are at it) and do so because they feel it is vital. And I can only compliment them on their diligence and forthought. I wonder, though, if they are the minority of the "green-goers".

I am all for saving the earth-it is, after all, God's creation. It is also, a means by which he declares His glory and presence. But let's do it with a vengeance, and for the right reason, not to keep up with cool crowd!

To do it the right way, we don't need to buy into the hype. We don't even need the label.

All it takes, plain and simple, is for us to be good stewards of God's gifts. We as Christians are held even more to the task, because what we do is a reflection of God and our God is not a God of destruction, but of creation; a God of beauty, not ugliness.

May today (and EVERY DAY) you be given eyes to realize the gifts before you and hands to bring glory and honor to GOD through the care of those gifts.
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