I love to eat organic food, because I feel like it’s a great way to be successful in “going green.” I believe that by buying organic and local foods, I’m doing my part to help the environment-plus it’s much healthier for me. There’s a big problem with it though. It’s expensive, like crazy expensive, and I’m a youth pastor. But I’m finding a way, because I want to be healthier and live a nice long life, all I have to do is sacrifice other things, which I’m getting better at.
The great thing about organic food is that it has no chemicals; it’s stripped down to the purest form. And by being pure, it brings out the flavor it was meant to have. This is some of the most amazing food you can eat. I love finding new places to buy organic or locally grown produce because it is just so good.
Organic faith is really no different; it’s faith stripped down to its purest form. There are two things that Jesus said we should do if we wanted to live this lifestyle of faith, and that is to Love God and Love People. This is the great commandment that we all know and love in Matthew 22:37-40. The problem is that we have taken this and made it into a slogan rather than a lifestyle. We can get up in any church and say Love God, to which the audience would reply “and Love People.” We know this scripture by heart and have it hanging in our churches. The question is do we really live it?
I always wonder what would happen if we could really just follow these two commandments and really love God and love people. What would our churches look like? Would we let go of our pride and allow the vision for the church to come from the bottom up instead of from the top down. Would these commandments drive our programs and everything we do? Let’s go green spiritually by letting go of some things and allowing God to guide us into a pure, stripped down, chemical free faith.
Adam Short is a youth pastor in Richmond, VA. Adam has a wife and twin girls who are going into middle school. His heart is to meet students where they are and help them navigate the culture that they are living in.