Serve God, Save the Planet (Book Review)

I heard a podcast from Mars Hill Bible Church where they had a guest speaker named J. Matthew Sleeth and he was a doctor who authored a book titled, “Serve God, Save the Planet”, share during their “God is Green” teaching series. Matthew had encountered so many people that were dealing with cancer and other things that he started doing research and found that there were many things that pointed toward environmental issues that was causing so many of the cancer causes in our country that he decided that the solution was not to search for the cure for cancer, but to search for ways to prevent it. In other words he believed the old adage that an ounce of prevention is more important than a pound of cure.

Matthew’s book is very challenging and really “out there”. He has some fairly extreme stances that he has taken, but he does acknowledge that it is his own families personal conviction and so not everyone will necessarily do the same things. But it does give you some good food for thought on things that you can do to reduce the amount of energy that you use and he even has a little worksheet in the book where you can see how much you currently use so you can figure out how you can reduce it.

He also talks about the food that eat and how those things impact the environment and also even our health. It is amazing to think that the best tuna for sushi is caught of the shores of New York and then it is sent to Japan where it is sold to a restaurant in New York City, so then it is shipped back. How good is that? That is insane when you think about it.

While the book is “out there” it is also very challenging and Christians should read it with an open mind and think about how it is that we can begin to take better care for all life on earth. And also for the life of our earth, so our kids have a cleaner better place to live in.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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