What do you think of when you hear the word green?
Is it a political platform, like Ralph Nader and the Green Party?
Is it a word snidely and mockingly uttered by a right-wing radio personality?
Is it a spiritually dangerous word, obviously masking some anti-Christian worldview underlying the beliefs and actions of radical environmentalists?
Is it the sinusy singing voice of Kermit the Frog? (“It’s not easy being green. . .”)
Let me tell you what I think of.
I think of the intricate architecture of a vibrant fern, carpeting the ground beneath a towering forest.
I think of moss, of pine, of Kentucky blue grass. Example after example of beauty, big and small, in this world overflowing with green and growing everyday miracles.
I think of photosynthesis, and its power not just to feed plants but the amazingly designed system covering this globe of ours that creates and recreates oxygen for us to breathe. And the food production, from strawberries to broccoli to rice paddies and soybean fields, that sustains and nourishes the lives of earth’s creatures.
I think of growth, of roots, of life.
For me, it’s a word shot through with spiritual meaning. For me, as a committed follower of Christ and a lover of Scripture, it’s a word that I’m happy—I’m proud—to use this month as we explore what it can look like to “be green.” To be biblically, soul-fully green. This April, we’ll consider together themes like gratitude, worship, beauty, intimacy with God, scriptural truth, and love.
If the word green raises your hackles, turns you off, or makes your wary and suspicious, I’d ask you to reconsider. Because this isn’t a word owned by left-wing extremists or right-wing shock jocks, by pantheists or by atheists.
It is a word for all of us.
And for me? This is a word that’s all about faith.
(I’ll admit that sometimes as a Christian deeply concerned about environmental issues—engaging in an arena dominated by unkind stereotypes, arrogant name-callers, and knee-jerk reactions—I do want to echo Kermit and dolefully sing out, “It’s not easy being green . . .” But I digress.)
So will you join me, this month? Will you dare to be green?
(And if you’re skeptical? If you’re cautious? You’re welcome here too. I invite you to read along this month. To consider the case I make. To quiet the noise of our culture on this issue and intentionally let Scripture and the Spirit of God be the leading voice for you.)