Posted by: chris0207 | June 20, 2011

People of faith must make eco-justice their top concern

We, as people of faith, have an obligation to the least of these, so the fact that there are so many environmental injustices  in our country is a problem. In Genesis 1:26 it says “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the Cattle, and over all the wild animals of the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth”.

God made it our job to take care of the Earth. We as children of God need to do a better job of it. I believe that there are three principles that we as people of faith should live by as far as environmental justice concerns go, the first principle is spirituality, the second is sustainability of our planet, and third is justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

     Spirituality

I believe nature is very important in my spiritual growth.  The reason why I say that is because I have always felt closer to God when I leave the city, and just go out into nature and just felt the presence of god all around me.  Going out into God’s wonderful Creation also allows me to clear my mind, and helps me prioritize what is important to me, and what is not.

Sustainability

The next reason why we should care more about what is happening with our environment is not just because of concern for the present, but because we want future generations to be able to enjoy the beauty of Gods Creations just like we can.  We as God’s people have an obligation to make sure that we leave our kids and grandkids with some of God’s gifts to appreciate.

     Justice

The last and I believe most important principle that people of faith should live by is fighting for all types of justices, especially environmental justice.  It is our obligation as people of faith to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.  The reason why we have to fight against environmental injustices is because the people who feel the negative effects of soil, water, and air pollution are those who voices are not heard because of the lack of resources in the midst of corporate and special interest from the polluting industries. Our job is to speak on their behalf.  The fight for justice is an ongoing, and probably is going to be an eternal battle, but we have to continue it, because it is our duty as Christians to continue the fight the least of these.

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