Are Mennonites Following the Good Shepherd or the Green Shepherd?

“… if The Green Shepherd turns up in your pulpit, please speak up and tell your pastor you would rather hear an emphasis on the Lord Jesus Christ, the “Good Shepherd,” and His burden for lost sheep — not His burden for climate change.”
Jan Markell, The Church of Climate Change: Here Comes The Green Shepherd

Is the MB Herald going the way of the Green Shepherd?

In the October 2011 MB Herald called Sustainable Lifestyles is an article called Riding the Green Wave which encourages readers to get on board with nine tips for creation care action. These ideas come from A Personal Path to Environmental and Societal Sustainability from ocho.uwaterloo.ca. A complete, more comprehensive list where these tips appear to be drawn from can be found at the following link:

http://ocho.uwaterloo.ca/~pfieguth/Personal/EnergyLimits/Documents/powerdown-tasks.pdf

This list might more aptly be called How to Power Down, Pray Later and Become a Third World Nation.

As seen earlier this year, this is not the first time that Mennonites are falling for the world’s agenda of sustainability. See these examples:

Mennonites and Sustainable Development
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/mennonites-and-sustainable-development/

Mennonites and World Peace
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/mennonites-and-world-peace/

Of course, it is not only Mennonites who are following the Green Shepherd, but it is disappointing to see them join the ‘church of climate change and sustainability.’ For further reading, see the following:

The Church of Climate Change: Here Comes The Green Shepherd
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/010/olivetree/6-climate.htm

Good-bye and Good-Riddance: Sustainable Development
http://forcingchange.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/good-bye-and-good-riddance-sustainable-development/

A New World Agenda: Canada’s Role In Sustainable Development
http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/carl_teichrib-6-99.html

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2 thoughts on “Are Mennonites Following the Good Shepherd or the Green Shepherd?

  1. Ever Since the MCC colluded with Hitler in the 1920’s and 1930’s and into the 1940’s their basic internalized Religiosity has become confused and is easily re-directed to secular pursuits as long as they can wrap it in some form of religiosity. The Mennonite “Green movement” is just one of many bricks in their ongoing and rapid evolution that seeks to revive a spirit of German Aryanism and at the same time remove conservativism from the evangelical movement by actively replacing it with Liberalism. One need only look at the unusually large number of Mennonite signators on the 2008 “Yale document” to realize how advanced the Mennonite Liberalism has become and where it is seeking once again a “One World System”.
    Is this a betrayal of the Gospels or is it something called Mennonite Mendacity?

    Warts and all a history of the accelerating drift towards Liberalism can be found at the Mennonite Encyclopedia Website http://www.gameo.org/. You just have to start searching and using their very large search index. The rationalizations and amorphous explanations for their myriads of “Mennonite views” is nothing less than astounding. The writers and practitioners require little more justification for any action or thought other than being “Mennonite” or following the relatively undefined “Mennonite Way”. In essence a German religion trying to become it’s own race with hardly any references to any scripture while enroute.
    Thankfully there are a few articles at the site where Mennonites write of their shock and even dismay regarding the “by group think” a cleverly concealed history hidden behind the Veil called Pacifism that is anything but Christian.

  2. Looking at that article, it seems like the adjective “biblical” carries no actual meaning anymore. Consider the following quote:

    “God made humans in his image and told them,“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). Instructions to “subdue” and “rule over” seem to indicate that we can do whatever we want with plants and animals. However, that’s not the kind of example God sets as an overseer.

    While Jesus was on earth, he modelled servant leadership. Could servant leadership also apply to our relationship with the earth?”

    Forgetting all the pseudo-humility exegetical confusion (this passage MAY seem to mean something, but it cannot because my own personal misunderstanding of Jesus’ agenda won’t allow that).

    Reimer is actually suggesting that Jesus’ example clarifies what God was talking about in Genesis 1:28. Jesus is “the kind of example God sets as an overseer”.

    Sounds spiritual, but it also carries a strange and frightening implication; If Jesus is the example needed to explain what Genesis 1:28 REALLY means, everyone who lived before Christ were unable to REALLY grasp the meaning of the scripture.

    Moses didn’t get it.

    Isaiah didn’t get it.

    Elijah didn’t get it. Etc.

    Not only did they NOT get it, but they COULD NOT get it.

    God prevented them from understanding his own revelation TO them because they required the example of Jesus to understand that revelation, and that example wouldn’t be given for thousands of years.

    If Reimer means what she appears to mean, then she’s attacking not only the perspicuity of scripture but the ability of God to clearly communicate something with words. God is not so impotent that he is unable to say what he means.

    In Genesis 1:28, God commanded that Adam subdue the land, just like David subdued every nation by military victory over them in 2 Sam. 8:11. God commanded Adam to establish dominion over the land, just like the Israelites were NOT to establish dominion over their fellow Israelites by buying and selling them as slaves (Lev. 25:46).

    Genesis 1:28 doesn’t teach some sort of ancient green-movement. We’re allowed to drill for oil and use that oil responsibly. We’re allowed to mine the earth and extract minerals and use those minerals responsibly. We’re allowed to level mountains, cut down trees, build roads, and take the reigns of the planet because God has given them to us.

    We cannot do whatever we want with plants and animals, but we can use them for righteous ends (including things like animal testing and experimentation).

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