Yeah. You probably had the same thought that I had when reading the title of the post. That is largely ‘gag me’, followed closely by a ‘border-line pantheism’. Or at least that has been my frame of reference for many years. Admittedly, Christian environmentalism conjured up more than just tree huggers for me. There was a little more depth to it, in that I thought all Christians should care some what about taking care of the earth, because we are to be stewards of it. After all, God did give us dominion over what He created:
And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. – Genesis 1:28
However, I still find this view lacking. Especially in light of love. My mentality was “take care of the earth because we are to be good stewards”. My mentality is now “take care of the earth because people live on it.” You see, there is a slight change in perspective. If I am called to love my neighbor as myself, then I am bound to do what is in their best interest. I conserve water because other people need that water as well. I use reusable grocery sacks so that “paper or plastic” becomes neither.
Our environmental concerns should not be spurred by a sense of duty as much as a sense of love and genuine interest of those around us.