I just made the mistake of wandering onto the GREEN tab of the Huffington Post after dinner. I promised myself not to get tangled in environmental issues past six in the evening; they do not induce pleasant dreams. What I found is definitely the stuff of nightmares. A religious right organization--funded by whom, I wonder?--has posted a video called Resisting the Green Dragon, saying that the environmental movement is "destructive" and "deadly" and "seducing our children." And etc. Not quite believing that the headlines could be true, I watched the video. It is scurrilous, full of falsehood, distortion and perversion of truth. It is also profoundly arrogant.
Over a thousand people had commented when I last looked. My first response was: why does anyone give such garbage air time? Then I thought, well, too late. It is up there. Better to know how the issue is being discussed. And of course, among the comments are many voices raised in dismay that this is the way Christians think.
I don't know that people who show so little concern for our world, to say nothing of the truth, deserve to be called Christian. And I'm horrified to think anyone might assume this is a "Christian position" on environmentalism. One of the most impressive people I've ever met is the Reverend Sally Bingham, about whom I wrote for the Environmental Defense Fund. She created something called Interfaith Power and Light, an alliance calling for religious organizations to step up to their moral obligation to be stewards of the earth--as the Bible asks.
And what about the Dalai Lama--calling for action on the climate? Perfect.
Heal the planet, she and her associates are saying, because it is God's gift to humankind. That is a message that is truly worthy of the term Christian. It is pollution--whether of our planet, or of our hearts--that is destructive, and, indeed, deadly.