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.