Plant a Tree
Thanks for Ron Sider’s article, “Redeeming the Environmentalists” [June 21]. As we seek to engage concerned citizens who believe Christianity to be the antithesis of love and concern for the earth, we must convince Christians in a new way that we have no right to despoil what God has created and called good. We [must] not proclaim our status as the highest of God’s creations and hence our entitlement to treat other levels of creation as though they were made entirely for our benefit. Rather, we rejoice in the opportunity of “being-with” God in a new and loving way when we are reconciled to him through Christ, and in our new capacity share this love with fellow humans and all other creation.
Christ has tarried for 2,000 years. We may long for the immediate appearance of a new and better world, but we can’t presume to know it will arrive before another 2,000. Better to follow the advice of Luther, who said that even if he knew the world would end tomorrow, he would still plant his apple tree today.
I was amused by the World Council of Churches’ conclave refusing to recognize that people are any different from monkeys or moles. If that be true, then people have no more responsibility for the environment than monkeys and moles, either to protect or reclaim. It is precisely because humanity is a unique species that its “dominion” must be exercised as lovingly as God exercises his dominion over us.
Dorothy T. Samuel
St. Cloud, Minn.
Sider, although lower keyed than most “environmental” writers, still gets sucked into and passes on as fact assumptions that are just not true and are, in fact, propaganda meant to enhance an ideological foothold to advance a state-run economy.
First, it is not “increasingly ...1
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