Conservation as a means of preservation, is an opportunity to save what little dignity we have, as Christians, for allowing or at least not opposing the rampant destruction of Earth's multilayered ecological system. I can’t speak for all Christians, because I do not have access to large surveys dedicated to their opinions of environmentalism, but I have read a lot of rhetoric and have sat through many ministers, who’d rather be politicians. Through these limited scopes of data gathering, I have discerned that environmentalism is at least low on the radar for many Christians, if not viewed as a left wing conspiracy.
To reiterate my point, my limited understanding of Christian culture is americanized in its scope. I am ignorant of the importance or lack there of on environmentalism in other countries. However, my main focus of this article series is the insufferable nature of Christian culture-environmentalism is just one example of how contemporary American Christian culture is inherently un-christlike. My intention is clear, I want to break the back of the american church, leave it crippled so that something stronger and more relevant will take its place. The American church is a labouras beast, an amalgam of greed and gluttony, its time under the sun is over, it must die under the weight of its own decadence as all governing bodies do.
Many readers now expect me to go on a tirade on corporate greed and how they are the direct cause of the environmental hurt, or how Christians have bought into american individualism and often perpetuated its existence, under a false flag. In my teenage years, I would’ve ended my argument there, my unfiltered rage at impossibly powerful people, intentionally hurting something that is so delicate and beautiful, clouded what I could actually do, rather than constantly be outraged at everything and every way. In a way, I stopped living idealistically, and instead became more goal oriented in my approach to activism.
I am not ignorant of the fact that multi-national corporations are a necessity in the current global economy. The amount of resources and consumers are too unwieldy to be commanded by smaller conglomerates. Many see these corporations as the biggest obstacle for environmental reform, I see them as our greatest weapons. It is a belief that corporations control what corporations do, but anyone with a sound mind for economics knows that it is profits and costs that truly drive the corporate machine. So, in the end, the consumer has much more power than many thought it had.
What if the consumer decided to revolt against their corporate masters, through a cause greater than themselves? What if Christianity drove that cause? What if we actually were the Church again?
This series of posts will be my 95 thesis, if you will.
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