It's important to remember that this isn't merely about caring for the environment or creation, but is actually about evangelism as well. Many younger people believe - rightly or wrongly - that Christians don't care much for the environment, and as a result they have no interest in hearing what we have to say. If we want our witness to mean something in today's world, we need to take seriously our original commission to steward God's creation!
Evidence that contemporary human consumption habits are unsustainable and that existing Western 'lifestyles' have a detrimental affect on ecosystems, thus negatively affecting the lives of our neighbours (both human and non-human), is overwhelming. However, rather than believing that nothing can change, Christians are to be agents of hope. We believe that Christian faith communities have the potential to offer a glimpse of what true “rich living” entails. A Rocha has partnered with Tear Fund NZ to create the Rich Living series - to assist faith communities to reflect upon how they live and offers practical steps to make sustainability integral to lives of faith.
The first of the Rich Living series, Climate Change is available now, with four other booklets (Water, Food, Transportation, Stuff & Waste) soon to follow. To download your copy click here.