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Putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness

posted date: Friday 30th August 2019

 Bruce White explained last week that this is about being morally right, or justifiable, in how we live our lives. Not behaviour modification, but rather the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, which makes us become more and more like Christ. Letting the Holy Spirit lead you, in all aspects of your life.

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)

Over the last few years I have felt compelled to start thinking about and learning how to be an “ethical” consumer. The way I use my resources has an impact; does it support my values? When I consider the labour and environmental practices that led to the creation of a particular product, do I want any part in supporting that? Do I need it? Is there an alternative?

A useful tool for new clothing purchases is the Ethical Fashion Report by Tearfund and Baptist World Aid,

“The Ethical Fashion Guide is a practical tool you can use to reduce worker exploitation and alleviate poverty in developing countries where clothes are manufactured. It grades fashion companies on ethical practices in their supply chains, giving you the power to shop ethically and connect with the people who make your clothes.” In 2019 they also began assessing these companies on their environmental management systems.

In her book ‘Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with your Wardrobe,’ Greta Eagan proposes that there are many criteria that can be considered when making your purchasing decisions more ethical. (She has identified 16 factors which can be considered for clothing, e.g. fair trade, slow fashion, secondhand, low water footprint, organic, etc.) In order to make ethically-minded purchasing decisions manageable, she suggests identifying your top 4 or 5 factors that you support the most. Each purchase you make should then meet at least some of these criteria. I think this concept can be used with all kinds of purchasing decisions, including furniture, food, and financial investments.

Another concept to consider is ‘effective altruism’, in which you use reason and evidence in order to do the most good that you can. Carefully consider what you value. Using reason and careful analysis, how can you use your resources to help others the most?

Take a step. Where is the Holy Spirit leading you?

Lauren Weusten