Spilling Hope Water Wednesdays: Bottled Water vs Tap

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I carry my metal water bottle with me everywhere, and the conference center at which I’m staying is offering Nestle’s bottled water in the rooms!  $1 per bottle if you drink them.  This is the height of consumerism, the depth of environmental degradation, and cuts to the heart of a fundamental shift in the view that water is a to be free for everyone.  “The earth is the Lord’s” is what the Psalmist said, but when we take ownership, we sometimes mess it up.

If you’re involved in the spilling hope initiative at Bethany Community Church, I encourage you to educate yourself about the implications of bottled water, not just as an environmental issue, but as a justice issue.  I’m tapped.

About Richard Dahlstrom

As Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Richard teaches with vision of "making the invisible God visible" by calling people to acts of service and blessing. It's working, as a wilderness ministry, homeless shelter, and community meals that serve those living on the margins are all pieces of Bethany's life. "We're being the presence of Christ" he says, "and inviting everyone to join the adventure." Many have, making Bethany one of the fastest growing churches in America in 2009 according to Outreach Magazine.

  • Ken

    I have always thought bottled water is one of the goofiest things people can buy. In Bend, Oregon, we have some of the best tap water in both taste and purity in the world, yet bottled water is everywhere even in this “environmentally aware” little city. Much of the locally available comes from the local taps! How stupid are we? Oh yeah, I forgot… pretty stupid.

  • Ken

    I have always thought bottled water is one of the goofiest things people can buy. In Bend, Oregon, we have some of the best tap water in both taste and purity in the world, yet bottled water is everywhere even in this “environmentally aware” little city. Much of the locally available comes from the local taps! How stupid are we? Oh yeah, I forgot… pretty stupid.

  • Patrick

    Also, I believe that most tap water has much higher legal quality standards than does bottled water (although I suppose one could argue that capitalism, in the form of buying bottled water, provides better built-in impetus for purity . . . I wouldn’t, but I suppose one could).

  • Dave Farrell

    I don’t have any intentions of buying bottled water – I like the tap water just fine, thanks.

    I’m glad that we are helping provide clean water in Africa, especially to the degree that we do it in the name of Jesus (let’s put “spilling Hope for Jesus” or “spilling the Hope of Jesus” on the side of each pump). The U.N. and the U.S. gov’t help provide clean water too, but not in Jesus’ name. In my opinion, they’re not spilling much hope, or anything that I would place much hope in.

    Social justice is certainly an interesting topic with lots of different perspectives. Here’s a link to an article I came across today that is quite thought-provoking. I find more to agree with, than to disagree with…I highly recommend Summit Ministry!

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=149533

    cheers!

  • Dave Farrell

    I don’t have any intentions of buying bottled water – I like the tap water just fine, thanks.

    I’m glad that we are helping provide clean water in Africa, especially to the degree that we do it in the name of Jesus (let’s put “spilling Hope for Jesus” or “spilling the Hope of Jesus” on the side of each pump). The U.N. and the U.S. gov’t help provide clean water too, but not in Jesus’ name. In my opinion, they’re not spilling much hope, or anything that I would place much hope in.

    Social justice is certainly an interesting topic with lots of different perspectives. Here’s a link to an article I came across today that is quite thought-provoking. I find more to agree with, than to disagree with…I highly recommend Summit Ministry!

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=149533

    cheers!


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