Dear Christians: It’s ok to care about the earth. Actually, we SHOULD.

Today is Earth Day.

I know conservative people tend to roll their eyes at there even BEING an Earth Day, but I think this needs to stop.

And I think conservation and recycling and reduction of consumption need to stop being such taboo topics in the church.

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Things are changing for the better (yay!), and more Christians are open to caring about the earth, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

Here are a few reasons Christians give for not being eco-friendly and why I think they don’t hold water.

Tree-Huggers are crazy

Ok, there definitely are some people in the eco-friendly movement who are a little out there.

And I’m surely not going to defend people who basically think we’d all be doing the earth a favor if we died and left the planet to the animals and plants.

But why throw the baby out with the bathwater?  There are some nutso people in Christendom too, but that doesn’t mean we should give Christianity up.

Global Warming is a Myth

Ok, fine.

I don’t think you even have to believe climate change is a thing in order to care about the earth.

Regardless of what you think about climate change, the truth is that we live on a planet with limited resources and limited space.

And because of that, we can’t reasonably expect to consume resources at our current unprecedented rate and still leave a decent planet for future generations.

So forget about global warming for a second, and just consider where all of our trash is going to go. When we throw things away, they don’t vanish, and eventually, it does seem we will run out of room to store our discarded stuff.

That should be enough motivation for us even without climate change.

God made the earth for us to use.

I do believe God made the earth and its resources for people.

(This is why I don’t think it’s morally necessary to be a vegetarian.  Responsible, kind use of animals is not reprehensible in my book.)

But a planet decimated by wasteful living and irresponsible behavior is NOT good for people.  Using the planet is one thing, and abusing it is another.

why Christians should care about the environment

All that said, here are few positive reason I think we Christians should care about the earth and should reduce our resource consumption.

We should take care of the gift of creation.

If we believe that God ultimately owns everything, then we should behave as stewards of what we’ve been given.  Good stewards take care of what they’re responsible for.

We should care about people.

If we care about people, we should care about things like polluted water and polluted air.

Also, the sort of consumption we tend to have in first-world countries is pretty selfish.  We hog a lot of the world’s resources, and often, we expect people in third-world countries to suffer to provide us with the things we want.

Care about people by caring about the earth.

We should care about future generations.

The planet isn’t currently overrun by trash.  The air is still quite clean in a lot of places.  There’s still a lot of healthy vegetation, and unspoiled nature.

But in the grand scheme of things, we haven’t been living such consumerist lives for all that long, and just because we’re sort of ok now doesn’t mean things will still be all right for our great grandchildren.

We wouldn’t think of purposely hurting our descendants, but when we fail to take care of the earth we’ll hand down to them, we’re inadvertently hurting them.

why Christians should be eco-friendly

Please know that I’m not saying it’s a sin to buy anything in plastic, or that you should rend your garments because you don’t/can’t compost.  You could drive yourself nuts trying to live a perfectly eco-friendly life.

What I AM saying is that we should care.

And that we should try (many small changes make a big difference.)

And that in our churches and communities, we should foster a culture that cares about the earth.

Let’s love people by loving the earth we’ve been given.

I’m kind of bad at self-promotion. But here’s my best effort. ;)

I’ve already given you all my opinion of the Ultimate DIY bundle.

(In a nutshell, it’s a screaming deal if you love crafting, sewing, painting, and DIY decorating).

But, I thought you all would find it helpful to hear what other readers think of the bundle too!

how to repurpose old clothes

First, reader Carissa had kind words about my book, which is included in the bundle:

I just finished reading your e-book in the bundle (I’m downloading and reading them in the order that they are listed so the I make sure to read them all, even the ones on subjects that I am not particularly interested in…maybe I will find a new hobby).

I have always just donated outgrown clothes and thrown away clothes with stains or holes but your book has so many awesome, and easy, uses for them. I don’t think I will ever throw away another piece of clothing again. At least not without salvaging some part of it :)

I’m always so encouraged to hear that my book has given people new ideas about how to salvage or fix their old clothes.  Yay!!!

I’m not super great at marketing my book, and I realized that some of you who are newer might not know what my book is about.

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So here ya go:

Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose is about breathing new life into old clothes.  If you like my picture-filled, conversational blog, I think you’ll like my ebook too.

Like my blog, it’s full of pictures, and the projects I share have step-by-step photos like this:

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By the way, I made that flower from the lining of an old, hole-y dress.  The thin fabric was perfect, and I love that what was useless became something beautiful.

I always feel a little bit silly doing self-promotion, but I really do believe that my ebook will inspire you to see your old clothes as possibilities instead of trash.

The glut of cheap clothing available to us at this point in history has made us view clothing as disposable, and that bums me out.

(In 2010 alone, 11 million tons of textiles were landfilled.)

So, this book is my small effort to help change that; to help us treat our clothes as valuable.  And of course, treating your clothes with care will reduce your clothing spending, so, yay!

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Oh, and I should add that most of what’s in my ebook hasn’t been on my blog before, so it is not just a rehash of published blog posts.

Of course, my book is only one small part of the 76-item bundle, but I hope it’ll be one of the books that makes you feel like you got your money’s worth.

Hmm.

I had more to say about my book than I thought I did!

Of course, you can buy my book alone if you prefer (It’s $3.99 for an instant PDF download), but buying the bundle is a far better deal.

Oh, and reader Barb left this comment:

This was the first time ordering a bundle and I am very happy. From my perspective, the bundle paid for itself once I got a free $39 class on Craftsy!! I was hesitant as I no longer have kids at home, but looking at the crafts business articles alone, I am happy.

Barb is right…if the bundle bonus offers are things you can use, those alone make the bundle very worth the price.

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And then if you find even a few of the ebooks helpful, you’ll have more than gotten your money’s worth.

Also, if you buy the bundle and DON’T feel it’s worth the money, you can easily ask for a refund.

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P.S. The bundle is available only through Monday night at midnight.

P.P.S. I hope it goes without saying, but…if you don’t have $34.95 available to spend on the bundle, I would never want you to buy it.  Financial responsibility is worth far more than a bundle, no matter how awesome the bundle is!

This post contains my author affiliate links.  Thank you so much to those of you who have bought the bundle through my links. I know there are lots of places you could pick the bundle up and I am grateful for your support.