One of my greatest fears with a lot of the content on Accidentally Green is that readers will feel overwhelmed by a gloomy outlook on our everyday lives. I know the research is staggering. I know it seems like almost everything is poisonous. Since I started researching, my views on American industries have radically changed. While I used to trust companies they would never want to hurt their customers, now I know that’s just untrue.
I’ve turned into a skeptic instead of blindly trusting businesses. I wish we lived in a country where we weren’t continually being polluted and poisoned. That’s just not a reality, though.
I think part of the predicament all boils down to the fall of mankind presented in Genesis 3. Before the serpent tempted Eve, everything was perfect. Then Eve tasted the forbidden fruit, shared it with Adam, and perfection was gone. God’s punishment was certain:
“To the woman he said, ‘I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’
“To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat from it,”
“‘Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’ ” – Genesis 3:16-19
Quite simply, everything in the world began to decay. Things were wrong. What once was easy had now become difficult.
Because of that fall, every person inherited a nature where sin was inevitable. Just like there is no way any product can be manufactured without flaw, there is no way we, as humans, can live without sinning. Romans 3:23 tells us, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The huge problem is that God, in His holy perfection, cannot be in the presence of sin. That means our sin has separated us from God.
But in order to correct this dilemma started in the Garden of Eden, God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to the world. John 3:16 and 17 explain:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
As God’s son, Christ lived a perfect life. And when he was crucified, he died as a perfect sacrifice. His blood still fully pays for people’s sins, as long as they believe in him.
Through belief in Christ, we’re not separated from God anymore. Romans 8:1 simply affirms, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
The key is trusting in Christ. Once you believe in him and accept him as the Savior and Lord of your life, you don’t need to worry about the things of this life. Yes, everything in this earth is polluted. Our food and products are poisoned – and because of this, we truly are harming ourselves. We need to make healthy choices to prevent a lot of that harm.
But believers in Christ don’t have to be consumed by worry and fear. We can trust that God is in control. He works everything out, even when things in this world seem oh so wrong. As Romans 8:28 reassures us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even with all the discouraging news about toxins in products and everyday hazards, we can rest in that wonderful truth.
Besides – when all of the pain of this life is over, we, as believers, can look forward to spending an eternity in the perfection of heaven with Christ. And there is absolutely nothing better than that.
Hilary Kimes Bernstein