Some years ago I published an article in Faith Today Magazine in which I noted that I support two charities: World Vision and the World Wildlife Fund. And I observed that when I would share this fact with fellow Christians, everybody lauded my support for World Vision. By contrast, when I mentioned my support for the World Wildlife Fund, the response would more often than not be a confused or judgmental look. The message was clear: “How dare you give thirty bucks a month to pandas and polar bears when you could support another World Vision child!” The irony is that those same people would never bat an eye if I spent that thirty bucks to take my wife out for dinner. So dinner on the town is okay, but saving pandas is not?
I take up similar themes in my new article published at “Unfundamentalist Christians” titled: “For God So Loved the Whole World: Confessions of a green, liberal, Christian tree hugger.”