Sunday, January 31, 2010

Self-righteous environmentalism in relationships

Reading The Week (highly recommended) I came across a fascinating piece "Green-eyed monsters who kill marriage" which summarises a commentary by Terence Blacker in the Independent. According to a New York Times article marriage therapists in the US are seeing a sharp rise in the number of couples who are bickering about how they should live in order to save the planet.

This does not surprise me. Why? Because we all have an incredibly powerful force driving us towards self-righteousness. We judge the Pharisees but fail to see the "logs in our own eyes." Marriage (or co-habitation) provides a great feeding ground for self-righteousness. (My family also pointed out that teenage-parent relations are another forum). Life-style issues relating to reducing our environmental impact are just another battle ground...

God has placed within us a strong desire to be right. But we pervert this by trying to establish our righteousness in comparison to others unrighteousness. But the only way we can be right with God is if we accept his gift of righteousness provided by Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26).

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