Since 1970, April 22 has been dubbed Earth Day and is one of many opportunities environmentalists take to bring light to renewable energy, recycling, and other ways to go green. However, If the planet is one day – may be quite soon – going to be completely burned to frazzle by God’s righteous judgment, why should we Christians put effort into caring for it now?
Could it be because Earth Day is often portrayed, a “liberal” or “progressive”?
It’s a good question as the relationship between human beings and the earth is increasingly complicated and urgent.
Every day there are stories about pollution, global warming and animal species facing extinction.
Sadly, because of bad theology the influence of our consumeristic and greedy culture, ignorance of the problem, and “neglect by association,” we fail to see the world as God’s creation and will ultimately end up abusing it.
“We are responsible for almost all the damage done to the planet and as such we must consider the welfare of future generations in our planning for and utilization of the earth’s resources.”
Christians can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. Millions die annually from preventable water-related diseases. Most are children. Our energy consumption funds mountaintop removal and coal mining while our oil addiction fouls the air and laces oppressive dictatorships.
What’s the solution?
As Christians, we must reject the view that nature should be worshipped for worshipping nature is idolatry, but that doesn’t mean that we should view nature as created simply and solely to serve our needs and wants.
“The earth and all life on it is a gift from God given us to share and develop, not to dominate and exploit.”
Although God intends our care of creation to reflect our love for the Creator. Don’t lose sight of something that is even more important: your relationship with God.Is Christ first in your life, and are you seeking to follow Him every day?
Our faith provides an inspiring narrative to face these crises—we serve the One who created everything, called it “good” and asked humans to care for and protect it—but most Christians haven’t tapped into the storyline.
The meek may, as the Bible says, inherit the Earth. But the spineless are going extinct. They may not be the most charismatic group of species, but we can learn a lot from the lowly snail. Conservationists have estimated that up to 100 species are disappearing from the planet every day because of human activity – a biological catastrophe amounting to a sixth mass extinction, the biggest since the disappearance of the dinosaurs.
The widespread disappearance of snakes will be one impact of climate change that some people may find it hard to regret. But as vital predators in sensitive habitats such as rice fields, their decline will have wider ecological consequence, say scientists.
In fact, the International Union of Conservation for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources regards three species of snake extinct and many more as critically endangered.
The largest of all land beasts, elephants have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. The first comprehensive research into forest elephant demographics found that even if poaching was curbed, it will take nearly 100 years for the species just to recover the losses suffered in the past decade.
The world's largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting are now critically endangered. Fewer than 4,000 Grauer's gorillas remain in the wild and officials from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced Sunday (Sept. 4) that they're raising the threatened status of the Grauer's gorilla from "endangered" to "critically endangered," the highest category before extinction.
The number of eastern gorillas has declined more than 70% in two decades.
The world's monkeys are disappearing from the face of the Earth. The first comprehensive review in five years of the world's 634 kinds of primates found that almost 50 percent are in danger of going extinct, according to the criteria of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Almost a fifth of the world's reptile species are at risk of extinction, according to scientists. Of the subpopulations of reptiles evaluated by the IUCN, one species subpopulation has been assessed as endangered.
This Talking Bird Is Disappearing From the Wild. A new report reveals something that conservationists have suspected for some time: Parrots are the world’s most threatened group of bird species. Scientists, including staff from BirdLife International and the Australian National University, have published new research indicating that parrots (Psittaciformes) are among the most threatened groups of bird species, with 28% of extant species (111 out of 398) classified as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List.