[Screen shot of The Lorax]
After coming home early from work in an attempt to combat the fever and fatigue that’s been beating me down, I pulled myself together to fulfill a promise we’d made to our kids days earlier: Tuesday night we’d go to see The Lorax with friends. (Thanks Brett and Victoria).
The movie was very well done, as expected, and NyQuil helped keep my symptoms at bay (and kinda’ made the whole movie trippy).
In true Dr. Suess style, there was plenty of quirky scenery, funny animals, and rhyming song lyrics. Not to mention a sweet one-wheeled motor scooter that gave the Segway a run for its money.
(I wonder if Dr. Suess was on NyQuil when he wrote?).
But the underlying theme felt overly political, even in its microcosm of Thneedville, and one species of fluffy-tufted trees.
Capitalism wiped out nature, both in harvesting and in by products.
It felt extremely “left-leaning” positionally.
And it resurfaced countless political planks fought over between the right and left, the Christian conservatives and the liberal left who’ve made Environmentalism into their own religion.
So where is the Christian in all this?
I’m sitting in my movie theatre seat asking, am I an anti-tree bigot? I love capitalism, but thought I liked trees and woodland creatures too? I thought I was the kid that grew up in the forrest, an Eagle Scout that camped outdoors every month of my life from age 11-18?
Then a long held belief came rushing to the surface. A belief that Christians were intended to be the world’s chief Environmentalists, with Adam being the first.
Genesis 1:28 reads like this:
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.”
Like many other issues-turned-political in our history, somewhere along the line we Christians abdicated our responsibilities to steward the Jesus-created-for-humankind planet.
The problem with anything that Christians relinquish is that it’s usually picked up by those who try and operate it without God’s perspective, and wildly blow it out if proportion. (Or destroy it altogether).
I don’t fault Environmentalists for their love of Creation – that’s extremely Christlike, as He made it all; I struggle with their tendency to place nature above people.
Yes – when decisions can and should be made that benefit humanity’s quality of life, Christians should champion those. But when inferior entities are given more care, attention, protective laws and proceeds than the superior creation of a human being, I have a problem.
We all should have a problem.
People are the pinnacle of Creation.
I have a number of Christian friends that have answered the call of God on their lives to study and pursue careers in forestry, fish and wildlife management, environmental studies, and the greater world of biology. I honor them, and I believe God honors them.
After all, it’s his planet.
As Christians we should get behind the causes that promote life – whether flora or fauna. Most especially human beings. And we should champion the proper implementation of Capitalism, the very entity that funds the majority of other noble pursuits.
The world is looking for examples. Without knowing it, they’re looking for how the Kingdom would respond to our world’s issues. But unless someone represents it to them, it’s unjust of us to assume they should know.
The Lorax may represent the trees, but I’m a Christ-follower, and I represent the King and his Kingdom. Which includes trees. ch: