Allow me to be honest. I am not a Green Party devotee and, until taking a recent political quiz, I had never heard of Jill Stein. Imagine my surprise when, after completing my isidewith.org profile, I had a 92% agreement with this unknown candidate. My first thought was, in fact, that surely the whole site was a setup by the Green party.
I had only ever known the Green party as a single-issue party. On further reflection, however, I found that the picture was a little broader than this. The Green New Deal and the entire Green party platform rests on the proposition that the way in which we relate to the created world is at the root of many societal problems. Stein’s proposed policies would emphasize renewable sources of energy, allowing for the United States to take a more libertarian approach to foreign affairs. Her plan emphasizes the need for lower cost and easier access to fresh produce, combating the myriad of health problems rampant in American society. Address the root of the problem, so the Green party platform goes, instead of continuing to hack at the leaves and branches.
Stein recognizes that the current structure favors business decisions with a short-term gain. Her plan incentivizes those eco-friendly decisions that may otherwise be passed over. While the government leads the way in protecting the environment and the rights of all citizens (Stein is a strong proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment), in other areas, most notably on foreign policy and the failed drug war (see Jake Vander Ark’s Think Christian post on Gary Johnson for support on this), the Green party approach is strikingly libertarian.
As Christians, we affirm not only God as Creator, but also our own calling to care for the earth (Genesis 1:28). We uphold that humanity’s task of naming the creation (Genesis 2:19) implies a sense of intimacy, union and creativity. We recognize that the Fall has led to our estrangement from Creation (Genesis 3:17) and tends to direct us toward the mindset of “preside, populate and pave” rather than “reduce, reuse and recycle.” We assert that the whole of creation eagerly awaits the day of God’s ultimate and final redemption (Romans 8:22). We read through the prophets and find ourselves struck again and again by the very earthy language – promises of fields and harvests, lions and lambs. Contrary to some theological traditions, we were created to be earthbound people who look forward to the day when God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5) and the King returns to his rightful throne (Revelation 22:3).
In the meantime, God calls us to care for His creation. To live up to our calling and to protect those creatures He put under our care. If we wish to take this call seriously, perhaps it’s time we made the care of all of creation the center of our political platforms. Maybe it’s time we go green by voting Green.
What Do You Think?
- How do you think Jill Stein would perform as president?
- How does your faith play a part in that evaluation?