Last night, thousands of households across Canada participated in “Earth Hour” – a World Wildlife Fund-sponsored event encouraging businesses, governments, and ordinary citizens to promote conservation by darkening their homes and businesses between 8 and 9 p.m. local time.
There was a fair bit of hubbub about Earth Hour online – most of it, one assumes, before 8 and after 9, since their modems and routers, if not their computers, required electricity they were reluctant to use!
As I was preparing for worship this morning, I considered the enthusiasm that existed for Earth Hour. Many Christ-followers participated. Even the large, illuminated cross on Mount Royal – a Montreal landmark – was dimmed. But it left me wondering: do we have the same enthusiasm for sharing Jesus?
In the congregation where I spoke this morning, reflecting on Luke 24.33-35, I asked how many people had participated in Earth Hour last night. Nearly every hand went up. Then I asked: how many of you shared Jesus with somebody yesterday? Only a few hands were raised.
Christ-followers have a responsibility – indeed, I would argue, more of a responsibility than others – to take care of the earth, because the earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24.1). However, when Christians put all their effort into that which will fade instead of investing in the eternal destinies of others, we miss the mark.
If only sharing our faith would somehow become trendy! Yet it is of such a substantive nature that it ought never to be reduced to trendiness: sharing our faith can and should be a lifestyle choice. Nobody else is going to do it for us.