The Bible has gone green

God's word has gone green, literally.  "The Green Bible" recently hit book store shelves here in East Texas. It highlights verses that publishers say help readers, "see God's vision for creation" and help them in "healing and sustaining it."

KLTV 7's Layron Livingston flipped through the pages of this green gospel.

The pages are made from recycled paper; the ink is soy-based.  The cover is made from renewable cotton-linen.  The publishers are practicing what they preach.  The Bible has gone green.

Dr. Stuart Baskin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tyler said now is as good a time as any.

"The strength of [The Green Bible] is it reminds us of the fact that God has called us to be stewards over [His] own creation," he said.

Baskin said Christians have shied away from the subject in the past.

The President of the National Wildlife Federation, Larry Schweiger, said The Green Bible "offers solid context." He said, "We must heed the call to solve urgent climatic and ecological threats facing creation."

Is it a scriptural message, or a political one?

Baskin said the world, and everything in it, does not belong to humans, but rather, to God.

"It's not a left wing issue, or a right wing issue, it's an issue for all people," said Baskin. "One doesn't have to be a political activist to be a responsible steward."

"I think that they've emphasized more of the creation and less of the creator and we shouldn't do that," said Pastor Brian Brandt with Grace Community Church in Tyler.

Brandt said he loves the concept, but not the content.

"I think that evangelicals have missed some of what we should do for the environment," he said.

Brandt said the publishers are tapping into a growing market of environmentally conscious evangelicals.

"I think that we've got to make sure that the central message stays on God and our relationship with him," said Brandt.

Layron Livingston, Reporting