If God is going to destroy this world soon anyway, why should we bother with trying to save the planet? It’s a losing battle, and Christians have more important matters that require their time.
You hear sentiments like these expressed in the conservative and fundamentalist camps of Christianity. Saying that you’re an environmentalist in this crowd will not bring the most welcome reception.
On April 22nd, Earth Day will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary. As someone who just turned 40 earlier this year, I was surprised to find out that Earth Day has literally been around all of my life. Having been a Christian since I was 5 years old, I can’t recall any of the churches I’ve attended embracing Earth Day.
Why is that? Where’s the love man? Should we, as Christians, be showing more love to the earth? If so, how does that impact our small businesses?
Have You Hugged a Tree Today?
They see the movement as worshiping the Creation over the Creator. It’s easy to see where they come from when groups of people gather in the woods to mourn the death of a tree. But are we really being fair to the movement by judging it by it’s extremes?
What if all of Christianity was judged by the example of hatred demonstrated by Westboro Baptist Church? Sometimes I feel that we are. In any cause there will be the extremists that scream the loudest and taint the movement, but does that negate the central message? What is our responsibility to the planet?
Saving the Planet – A Charge from God?
Yes, we live in a world that is dying under the curse of sin; however, I don’t understand the logic in speeding up the process by contributing to its demise. Our first responsibility given to us by God was to dress and keep the garden.
Did this responsibility end when we were kicked out of Eden? Perhaps, but I think that our role as stewards of God’s resources is consistent throughout the Bible.
There is nothing I find in the Bible that suggests that we should simply use up all of the earth’s resources without regard to our environment.
It seems to me that as both a Christian and an entrepreneur I should adopt the motto of doing no harm when it comes to the environment.
Going Green – Impacting Your Bottom Line
As entrepreneurs, we are always asking how does this affect my bottom line? This is a no-brainer when it comes to making your small business an eco-friendly workplace.
You don’t have to take your employees out into the woods to cry over trees to become a tree hugger. Here’s some easy ways to save the planet in your small business:
- Start a Recycling Program – Most office buildings have a free recycling program. Some of these programs share the income received from recycling with their tenants or lower their building maintenance fees with the cost savings.
- Go Paperless – This is a great way to reduce costs through lower paper consumption, storage space, printer/copier supplies, etc. Also, going paperless leads to re-evaluating your business processes creating a more efficient workplace.
- Create a Virtual Office – Many employees love the flexibility and freedom that telecommuting allows. Not only does it cut your office overhead costs, but it has eco-friendly ripples that extend beyond your business.
For some more great ideas for making your business more green check out this Green Guide for New Businesses.