Friday, November 25, 2011
As I share my research on Christians and the environment, my students are shocked to learn that evangelicals and Episcopalians are working toward common goals around care of creation, such as weatherizing low-income homes in our town. These young activists boycotted Taco Bell and Burger King in support of fair wages for tomato pickers in Immokalee, Fla., but didn't realize faith communities, along with students, were critical allies in these campaigns.Sounds like a leftie with an agenda to me, but she is right about one thing. In a secular world, a world predisposed to mocking us, especially when the silly among us stick their heads above ground, we have to reclaim our narrative.
As a Christian, academic and mother, I believe in a faith journey with more questions than answers, more stories than rules, and more models of believers working toward a common good.
Perhaps if we reclaim our narrative, we can make heaven a place on earth, just as pop singer Belinda Carlisle predicted in the late 1980s. Now that news might make a special edition of Us Weekly.
Not a narrative that conforms to societal whims (read environmental "concerns") but simply the truth. The truth is only Jesus Christ can make us into the people we were created to be. People that are better in appreciable ways than those without Jesus.
That's the narrative we need to reclaim, we need to be better people. Then the idiots amongst us will be obvious.