by: Sharon Abreu on February 25th, 2014 | 13 Comments »
An environmentalist friend of mine whose religion is Christian Science recently sent me a 2010 article from the Christian Science Sentinel. The article is about author John Merritt (called “The Green Baptist” by Christianity Today) and his book Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet. Merritt is quoted as saying, “How can you be a Christian and not care about the environment?”
This question excited me. And, not surprisingly, it brought me back to the Network of Spiritual Progressives, which I joined in 2003 when it first sprang from Tikkun as the “Tikkun Community”. So much of our work since 2003, and so much of Rabbi Lerner’s work over decades, has addressed the question of why so many people seem to vote against their own best interests, which includes voting for candidates who promote natural resource extraction over environmental protection, progressive energy policies, and the health and well-being of the voters who put those politicians in office.
I’ve been encouraged over the last few years to see more Christians speaking out in favor of environmental protection, acknowledging the reality of climate change and the likelihood that human activity is intensifying global warming. I appreciate groups like Restoring Eden and Christians for the Mountains, who understand that the rights of nature and of people are inseparable.
The book that for me best articulates the vision for a world of love, kindness, compassion, and generosity, supporting human health and well-being and a healthy environment along with a healthy economy, continues to be Rabbi Michael Lerner’s book The Left Hand of God (2006).
When I first read the book in 2006, I was more excited than I had ever been while reading a book. I kept saying “Yes! Yes! Yes!” out loud. Being a singer and songwriter, I was inspired to see if I could communicate the spirit of the Left Hand of God book in a 4-minute song. My hope was to encapsulate the full scope of the book’s vision so that people hearing the song would understand what the book was about and be inspired to read it. My intention was also for the music to help bring about the emotional state I felt while reading the book and imagining the world I wanted to help bring about.
I was thrilled that Rabbi Lerner liked the song and wanted people to be able to hear it on the Tikkun and NSP websites. So here is the Left Hand of God song, which I hope fills you with joy and inspiration!