Christian Entrepreneurs Need to Clean it Up

by Brad Harmon on March 25, 2010 in Entrepreneurs

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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?

Maybe the reason Christians haven’t joined the “Save the Planet” refrain is that the reasonable proponents of the cause are drowned out by the more extreme members of the movement?

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.

15And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Genesis 2:15, King James Version)

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.


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Alison Moore Smith March 26, 2010 at 5:10 am

My church has always (always) taught principles of stewardship for all that God has given us, earth, animals, money, talents, you name it. But the very idea stewardship *assumes* that humans have a place of authority.

While I'm happy to do reasonable, sensible things to promote clean air, clean water, etc., but my basic premise is Ignore Al Gore; Engage Brain. Sadly the eco movement has become utterly politicized and extreme, which make real, sound, needed changes harder to justify.

Last night my husband and I attended a dinner and lecture featuring Lord Monckton. Very great stuff. I recommend his information to you all.
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Brad Harmon March 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I agree with you. It seems that because of the polarization of this issue politically there are too many that throw the baby out with the bath water. It's sad to me that many entrepreneurs do not even consider the impact that their business operations have on the environment so they fail to do very simple measures that quite often improve their bottom line.

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