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          Green is in fashion. TVB Pearl does not hide their environmentally-friendly agenda. In fact, they air commercials that encourage recycling, energy, and water conservation regularly. Going green is not just a scientific endeavor, it has entertainment value. Pearl recently aired Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” (controversy is currency in television land).  Do you drive a Toyota Prius? You should if you drive. It’s in style to ‘go green.’ Who cares if your car looks like it belongs on the moon? If it has the hybrid symbol on it somewhere, you are in style. Do you buy recycled products when they are available? You should, it will save our planet. Do you turn the water off when you brush your teeth? If you do, you can save 94 liters of water a week. Do you buy the plastic bags or bring your own bag to the grocery store? I bring my own (when Colette goes with me). People give me the “you are destroying our planet” look when I buy the 50 cent plastic bags.

            The generation that follows this ‘Information Generation’ will likely be the ‘Green Generation.’ Governments, commerce, and innovation are booming toward eco-friendly means of energy and global resource conservation. I think this is a good thing.

            We need energy to power the important things in our lives. You know, the important things like: transportation, heaters in the winter, water systems, and of course our televisions. I have faith that man has now seen the need for a more eco-friendly source of energy. We now see that oil will not always be there (unless Jurassic Park was real and dinosaurs can make more for us). There is a growing awareness of our need for a reliable and sustainable source of clean energy. I have no doubt that humanity will succeed in creating technology that powers our lives.

            One ray of hope is Ed Moses. He is spending a small budget of $3.5 billion USD to produce an endless supply of safe, clean energy via nuclear fusion. For those of you who think ‘bomb’ when you hear ‘nuclear’, no I am not talking about Iran’s desire for nuclear weapons. Nor am I talking the United States’ 28,000 nuclear warheads. But that article is coming soon. I am talking about a tiny pellet the size of a daily multi-vitamin that will produce the same amount of energy as the sun–by creating one. I’m no scientist, but I don’t see how we can create a sun on earth and live to figure out how we will use it to power our toasters. We’ll all be toast. Perhaps we should use the sun we have; it’s not as apocalyptically close, and it’s free. Good luck Ed.

            Energy, energy, energy. The next generation may very well be defined by the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources. You cannot open a magazine or turn on the TV without encountering the dilemma.

            While I believe that we will find a new energy source for our alarm clocks, I wonder, who is empowering our soul to wake up? Governments are racing like starved rats to old cheese to find a new global energy source. But who is racing to make us energized? I fear that one day we might live in a zero-emissions world, powered by nuclear fusion or solar energy, and lack the energy to live in it. Maybe one day when I wake up and microwave my breakfast, I won’t have to worry about the fact that my electricity comes from a carbon-producing coal plant. But as a Christian, will I have the energy to get up and face the world I live in?

            Of all people, Paul had a few reasons to roll over and hit the snooze button. Enough scourging and shipwrecks will make an evangelist want to call in sick. How did Paul keep going? What gave Paul the energy to carry on? Paul went green–with Jesus.

            Paul told the Colossian church how he did it. He said, “For this I toil (their maturity), struggling with all his (Jesus’) energy that he powerfully works within me.” Have you ever thought of Jesus as a source of energy? This is not the kind of energy that we can bottle up and sell. Jesus would turn those tables over with the opening bell of the stock market. This is the energy that comes from Jesus for living life to the glory of God.

            This energy is out of this world! Paul prayed that the Ephesian church would know, “…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” (Eph 1:15-19). What power is this? The power that, “…he [God] worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:20). This energy is beyond nuclear, beyond the realm of the physical. It is the energy that produces life. Do you lack the energy and power to get out of bed in the morning? Jesus has the power to rise from the dead. You might think, “Funny, I feel dead at 6:00 am.” That is the point! Jesus is the source of all energy (Col 1:16)! He has the power to rise from the dead; he has the power to energize you to life. Think for a minute, what do you trust for daily energy? Coffee? Does spending money give you energy? Humor? Does the mood of the front page of the paper determine your energy level? Do you live lacking energy? It may be because you are not connected to your soul’s only limitless energy source–Jesus.

            Go green. Get rid of all the carbon-emitting sources of energy in your life. They are dirty and limited. Connect to Jesus.

For His Glory,
Nathan

nathan@ibc.org.hk
www.ibc.org.hk

 

 

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