I hadn't planned another post this evening but was moved to comment on the Bill Moyers on America segment I just watched on our local PBS channel. My guess is that the station had a good ratings night, given the large number of non core viewers who probably tuned in to see if indeed 'God is Green' (which is my slightly altered version of the show's title).
For those who didn't catch it, the segment essentially pitted Evangelical Christian against Evangelical Christian regarding their notions of stewardship vs. dominion over nature by us humans. And as it turns out, there is apparently a sizable movement, unnerving to some, of Evangelicals who are 'getting green', and are both acknowledging and taking ownership of issues like global warming. This is very reassuring, though a tremendous gap remains between outlooks.
But what really struck me was something said by a prominent leader of the 'opposition'. That is, and I paraphrase, "...those who take up the environmental cause are anti-American, anti-growth, and anti-business." Well, eureka! For here is a proverbial teaching moment, and a point to be made that could so satisfy both camps, if only both would listen. Addressing our abuses of nature and stimulating healthy, sustainable business go hand in hand. They are not mutually exclusive. In fact, business built on sustainable practices will ultimately be by far the strongest engine of our growth--but good, caring, responsible growth.
I take encouragement from this on two fronts. First, the shift in thinking by an important segment of our society proves that minds can be opened, and on a sizable scale. Second, there are ways to couch the discussion and ultimately win over those who are focused only on profit. We have an answer for you, a win-win opportunity. Come join us.
Please take a few minutes to see the Bill Moyers piece for yourself. You can watch it online at PBS.com by just clicking here.