Little Green Men (June Synchroblog)
June 19th, 2008 by Sonja

Green men It’s the latest fashion craze …

With the price of gas, now it’s financially wise …

And after years of eschewing the environment Christians are now flocking to the so-called green movement in droves.

Can I say this in my outloud voice?  I’m just a little bit cynical.

No, make that a lot cynical.  Cynical to the point of illness.  You see, I’ve been an environmentalist literally all my life.  I could just say, “I grew up in Vermont,” and most of you would understand.  But it was more than that.  I grew up understanding the devastating effects of pollution.  I’ve been cutting the plastic rings that encircle beer/soda cans since they came out … to protect water birds.  I cleaned road sides as a child and now as an adult I look at the trash on our roads and remember the animals who live in what has become a toilet.

We are a wasteful society and trash culture.  When we look at ourselves in the mirror, our culture of efficiency and productivity on one side of the coin, has created waste, trash and selfishness on the other side.  We cannot have low prices without using people and resources in ways that are abusive in the end.

We have had the technology for smarter cars and using less gas for thirty years.  Yet for the last ten years we have driven larger, and larger cars.  Look in any church parking lot, what do you see?  SUVs and minivans … an armada of them.

Look inside any church, what do you see?  An ocean of cheap plastic clothing.  Polyester, nylon … both derivatives of petroleum.  Made cheaply and at the expense of someone’s life in another country.   But here in the US?  We have been “good stewards” of our individual budgets.  Each family member has far too many clothes bought cheaply at the local deep-discount store.

I read on the wall of a Mennonite grocery store, “The cost of something is that amount of life which must be exchanged for it.”

Too often we have looked at our individual budgets, incomes and outgos and thought we were being “good stewards” of our money.  But have we been good stewards of our lives and of the lives of others?  Have we measured the cost of things in terms of the life that has been expended on it?  We look at cost in terms of dollars.  What if we began looking in terms of life exchanged?

What is that call on our lives?  Then perhaps, Christians truly would be little green men.


There is small handful of us posting a SynchroBlog on Green Spirituality. The posts may not be up and running until Thursday afternoon:

Is it All About the Green? by Phil Wyman
Rediscovering Humanity’s Primal Commission by Adam Gonnerman
Turn or Burn? A New Liberal Hell? by Cobus van Wyngaard
Little Green Men by Sonja Andrews
Bashing SUV’s for Jesus by David Fisher
Saints and Animals by Steve Hayes
When Christians Weasel Out of Their Environmental Responsibilities by K.W. Leslie
Green Christian Manifesto by Matt Stone
God So Loved, by Sally Coleman

10 Responses  
  • Bashing SUV’s for Jesus - Synchroblog « cosmic collisions of imagination and creation writes:
    June 18th, 200810:47 pmat

    […] Primal Commission by Adam Gonnerman Turn or Burn? A New Liberal Hell? by Cobus van Wyngaard Little Green Man by Sonja Andrews  Saints and Animals by Steve […]

  • cindy writes:
    June 19th, 20087:05 amat


  • Heidi writes:
    June 19th, 20088:07 amat

    Good post. I love that quote – “The cost of something is that amount of life which must be exchanged for it.” I see so many people living “frugally” and they think it makes them more godly, but they exchange so much life for their cheap food/cheap clothes/cheap everything.

    I have always wondered, though, what a family with lots of kids is supposed to drive if not minivans and SUV’s…. 😛

  • Turn or burn? A new liberal hell? « my contemplations writes:
    June 19th, 20088:30 amat

    […] Humanity’s Primal Commission by Adam Gonnerman Bashing SUV’s for Jesus by David Fisher Little Green Man by Sonja Andrews  Saints and Animals by Steve Hayes Posted by cobus Filed in Ecology, […]

  • Sonja writes:
    June 19th, 20088:50 amat

    LOL … families with lots of kids SHOULD be driving a minivan. It’s the families with ONE kid who don’t need it. Or even my family doesn’t need it … with two. Well, we do now that we’re a hockey family to drag all that gear around. But … most 2 kid families don’t “need” a minivan or an SUV. But some I know have both.

  • Adam G. writes:
    June 19th, 20089:11 amat

    Very nice post! I’m annoyed by every little food wrapper I toss in the trash. Everything is not only pre-packaged, it’s often over-packaged. Even trash that goes to the landfill bothers me. I have a deep suspicion that unless the earth is liberated and renewed at Christ’s appearing first, future generations will be digging into the landfills for resources.

  • Erika Haub writes:
    June 19th, 200811:09 amat

    What an awesome post!

    I marvel at how much trash my family produces. It truly feeds absurd and plain wrong. Trying to figure out how to change that.

    Also, we planted a church that is intentionally local–all our members live “within walking distance” of the school we rent for weekly worship. Guess how many people walk? Um, me and my kids. And maybe our friends across the street. We (and I speak from the anit-Vermont context of Los Angeles) need to deal with our emotional dependency on our cars.

  • Heidi writes:
    June 19th, 20081:27 pmat

    LOL – you’re right that most 2 kid families don’t need an SUV. I can’t imagine wanting to pay for that gas unless you absolutely needed the extra space! 😛

  • Mom writes:
    June 19th, 20084:01 pmat

    And……can you all quit buying bottled water? You would be astounded at how much oil is used to produce the bottles, and transport the product – and the empties never go away – they collect on otherwise pristine beaches worldwide – and most of the water comes straight from a tap somewhere. Bottled water – my pet peeve.

  • kievasfargo writes:
    June 22nd, 20089:07 pmat

    Great post, and I too enjoyed the Mennonite quote.

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