The colours of the wind are changing. The green grassland is brown with desertification. The blue sky is yellow with sandstorm and the cities grey with smog. With deep pathos, the Chinese singer Tan Weiwei screams a stern warning in her song:
Why has the sky turned grey ?
Why is the land not green ?
Why is human heart not red ?
Why are the snow on the mountain black ?
It appears that Christians struggle to justify why we need to engage in environmental care as it appears to be a secular issue. On the contrary the issue is a spiritual one. Our care for creation stems not from practical and social concrens for the ecological crisis alone but also from a theological understanding of our roles in Christ's planted on the devastated earth with the harassed humanity, challenges our vision of discipleship and refreshes our mission of care and compassion.
About the Author:
Lawrence Ko is the National Director of Singapore Centre fro Global Missions. He Has been a pastor, social entrepreneur, corporate trainer and missions director in Asia for the past 30 years. Lawrence founded Asian Journeys Ltd, a social entreprise, to network and nurture young leaders towards a vision of a creative and responsible community. He organized urban missions projects as well as environmental stewardship efforts in various parts of Asia.
His book "Can the Desert be Green? Planting Hope in the Wilderness" was published on Earth Day in 2014 to encourage Christians to be good stewards of the environment and priests of God's creation. He researches on Asian cultures and urbanism and is the editor of "Ethnic Rhythms: Life in the A Global City (2015)" as well as "Urbany: Gospel at Street Level (2017)".