SEATTLE - Mike Schut was a graduate student when he first read an essay chastising Western religion for theology that has exalted man's mastery of nature and for teachings that have helped cause environmental degradation.
At about the same time Schut was digesting the essay, the Rev. Tom Carr was watching news reports as a notorious "garbage barge" plied the waters of the Atlantic Ocean searching for a place to dump its load.
Both men say those experiences more than a decade ago changed their lives.
Today, the two men are at opposite ends of the continent - Schut in Seattle and Carr in West Hartford - yet they are at the forefront of a growing flock of religious leaders and believers trying to break down the historic mistrust between faith communities and environmental organizations.
The church needs to do like Jesus said, preach the Gospel. We ARE NOT going to change the world. By preaching the Gospel, some will be saved (Jesus said more will go to hell than Heaven). Those who get saved, if taught well in disipleship, will 'walk in the light', and people will see their testamony of a changed life in Christ, will hear how Jesus changed their life and more will be added to the Kingdom. AND CHRIST will put it in the believers heart to use the earths comodities properly. People need the Gospel message, not a greenpeace message. Jesus will take care of this earth with fire. lets not let 'motherearth' get before pointing life to the Light. In Christ!!