The above video from You Tube – BP Spills Coffee – is hilarious but then again, it’s really not.
In fact, my laughter fizzled half way into the short video into the awkward quasi-half-laughter questioning:
What the heck is going on?
I am no expert and as much as I am trying to read about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (aka BP oil spill), I am simply amazed and petrified that we can’t stop it. How crazy is it that we’ve created this oil spill via the oil rig explosion and we can’t stop it.
Think about this:
We can’t stop it and as a result, it has become the worst oil spill in history – an incredibly horrendous environmental disaster.
How do you feel and how are you responding?
Personally, I feel paralyzed, angry, and uncertain how to respond because its’ so overwhelming. But I’ve come to some personal convictions that even if I don’t quite know how to respond, I won’t allow myself to be paralyzed into doing nothing.
These are small and minute things but they are personal responses and thus important. Here are 5 things we’ve chosen to do:
- I’m busting out my bike. Also, my wife never learned how to ride a bicycle. To her credit, she chose to learn how to ride after the BP disaster. I had my doubts but she now knows how to ride and our hope is to use our bikes – particularly for short distances we would just get into our car for.
- Family Responsibility: Our family is going bonkers on recycling and composting. I’m also going to limit my usage of water plastic bottles and stop being so lazy and use couple of my numerous water bottles.
- Government. I’ve called my representatives in Congress couple times to express concern and ask for accountability. I have my cynicism if this even helps but am trying to make this a regular rhythm of response and civic responsibility as a citizen.
- Our church is committing and going green – recycling, composting, educating, and planning another class on the theology of environmental stewardship.
- While this was planned way before the oil spill, I’m thankful that we have the platform to chat, learn, and share with the many children of our church. Quest is hosting a summer camp, ReNew VBS, for our children and the focus – while clearly on the gospel of Christ – will also include teaching our children about caring for God’s creation.
Some folks may push back and simply assess this as some sort of liberal and left winged agenda but every Christian – no matter where we align ourselves on the theological spectrum – should believe and live as good stewards of all that God has entrusted unto us including the gift of creation.
If you’re in the Seattle area, I really hope you can join us. It’s free for first time attenders:
Renew VBS [K-6 & Preschool] is going to be an awesome week of fun and games, learning about taking care of God’s creation, and nurturing the seeds of faith in our soul! $12 per kid, first time campers are free. Register online!
But I am curious to hear from you:
How are you thinking and/or responding to the BP oil spill? If at all?
[photo by Charlie Reidel | Newsweek]