The Green Life: A Call to Bear Witness

Transcript of a talk that I gave as a Greenpeace activist at the Asian Theological Seminary’s event entitled The Green Life, organized by the Friends of Life Care Group.

The environment is among the most pressing concerns of this generation. In this bygone age of technology and consumerism, ministry to the natural world has taken a backseat in the teaching and preaching of many Christian churches. While most Christians appreciate the beauty of nature, many of us don’t realize the strong Biblical basis for creation care, in fact many ethical values, fundamental to the development of a peaceful and just society, are particularly relevant to the ecological question.

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Evangelical Churches and Climate Change: A Call to Action


“The brokenness of earth is the brokenness of God’s home.”[1]

It has long been held that the environment is among the most pressing concerns of this generation. In this bygone age of technology and consumerism, ministry pertaining to the natural world of creation has taken a backseat in the teaching and preaching of Evangelical Christian churches in particular. While most Christians appreciate the beauty of nature, many don’t realize there is a strong Biblical basis for creation care, in fact many ethical values, fundamental to the development of a peaceful society, are particularly relevant to the ecological question.

In the Book of Genesis, where we find God’s first self-revelation to humanity (Gen.1-3), there is a recurring refrain: “And God saw that it was good.” [2] Mankind’s first home was Eden –paradise. The Earth was paradise, teaming with life, vegetation, and the wondrous landscape of skies, the land and the sea. Creation in God’s eyes was good, but at the same time entrusted it to the care of man and woman.

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