The latest Barna survey was published last night. Its intent was to evaluate the Evangelical position concerning the environment. You can find it here
One paragraph in particular caught my attention:
"Most Christians are not satisfied to be mere observers of the green movement. Three-quarters of self-identified Christians (78%) agree they would like to see their fellow Christians take a more active role in caring for God’s creation in a way that is both informed and biblical. Among evangelicals, 90% would like Christians to take a more active role in caring for creation, with 67% agreeing strongly. This sentiment is firmly endorsed by a majority of active churchgoers who are Catholic (52%), mainline Protestant (62%), and non-mainline Protestant (67%)."
I would agree with the basic thrust of this as I too am concerned about the environment. However, I am not going "Green" or even "going Green" in any way.
I, as an Evangelical, protest this association.
I think that it is important to distinguish here the difference between "going green" and a biblically based concern for the stewardship of creation. In my mind, "going green" has massive political overtones that not only speak to a concern for the environment, but a prioritized
concern for the environment that highlights many "green" issues to the neglect of those that are much more important.
For example, most of the prolific greeners who represent the movement and the agenda are those support abortion. It is hard for me to take seriously those who want to save a tree yet tear apart a baby in its mother's womb. It is hard for me to see how taking a stand about a highly controversial issue about Global Warming can take precidence over murder of an innocent life.
Again, don't get me wrong, I will do my part as God has given me stewardship over his creation, but I cannot be identified with the imbalance of those who are "going Green." They can go green alone.