Thursday, December 11, 2008

Green Letter Christians?

Brian McLaren promotes the "Green Bible". Why am I not shocked?

I've got to say... this really annoys me.

With our society's fervent obsessive green frenzy, leave it to some savvy entrepreneur to come up with a Green Bible. Isn't it just like us, to take the latest social trends and stuff our version of God into it?

Take a look at some of the "devotionals" (I guess that's what you call them) or the articles, listed in this Bible:

Forward, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Power of a Green God, J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D.

Reading the Bible Through a Green Lens, Calvin B. DeWitt

Peace With God the Creator, Peace With All of Creation, Pope John Paul II

Why I Am Green, Brian McLaren

Creation Theology, A Jewish Perspective, Ellen Bernstein

Learning Our Place On Earth: Learning Environmental Responsibility, Ellen F. Davis

Jesus: Savior of the Earth, James Jones

Jesus is Coming-Plant a Tree!, N.T. Wright

The Dominion of Love, a Sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor

Loving the Earth is Loving the Poor, Gordon Aeschliman

Just the titles gives me the willies.

Why doesn't someone come up with a "White Letter" version of the Bible which highlights the verses on Righteousness or Holiness? Oh yeah, I guess neither Righteousness nor Holiness has made the top 10 trendy list in the latest tabloid. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

I think it will be over for us as a human race when someone comes out of the closet with the "Rainbow Letter" version of the Bible.


Here's something to read from a different point of view. A point of view we don't see very often:

Green Lies and Amazing Truths


Anonymous Anonymous said...

worship the earth
God is green
What a joke!

Brian you really promote Christ of yourself?
I think Brian should just leave the public life and repent

11:05 PM  
Blogger Carol Jean said...

I thumbed through this bizarre book at a Borders last week and it was just odd. The verses they had in green seemed really random - not really related to the theme of the book.

Example: "And he awoke and(C) rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and(D) there was a great calm" (Mark 4:39).


"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed" (Mark 1:35).

Apparently, any time anyone was outside "in nature" it was considered a "green" verse. They were really digging. Not really proving their thesis that the Bible is full of verses supporting the modern environmental movement.

But the green letters were pretty!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Rich Schmidt said...

Um... There are already Bibles out there highlighting the theme and passages on holiness.

I don't understand why you'd have a problem with a Bible that highlights God's creation and our responsibilities toward it.

2:24 PM  

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