The environment is a hot topic right now, and not just because it’s hot outside! Why is caring for the earth a part of my expression of faith? Because God made it: Genesis 1 and 2 tell stories about God’s creating process, They assure us, “God looked at everything God had made, and it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). The gospel of John tells us that Jesus was a part of bringing creation into being: “Everything came into being through the Word” (John 1:3).
Because God told us we are responsible for it: God’s instruction to the first humans was to “Have dominion over every living thing on the face of the earth” (Genesis 1:28).
Because God speaks through it: The Bible is filled with ways God speaks through creation! Many examples are in Psalms, such as Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands!” Jesus teaches us to “Consider the lilies of the field” in the Sermon on the Mount.
Because God told us to provide for the poor: The Bible addresses how we are to care for the poor more than any other ethical topic. When water is dirty and air is polluted, it is the poor in this country and around the world who suffer the consequences more heavily than others. It’s our call as people of faith to protect them.
Because God’s will redeems it: As a Christian I believe that God’s ultimate victory will be the complete restoration of everything God made, including the earth. Revelation 21:3 gives us this promise: “The One who is seated on the throne said, ‘See! I am making all things new!’”
Christians disagree about how to care for the earth in terms of national policies and local regulations. But I believe it’s something we must figure out a way to do.
Here’s some steps we can take:
Recycle. We have a recycling center on 42nd and two other drop-off places. When I see how much stuff our family accumulates that can be recycled in just one week I am amazed.
Reduce. We endured a drought not long ago. We still need to watch our water use. We can also be mindful of other resources we can use more intentionally.
Reuse. This is a biggie in our town due to the blight of plastic grocery bags blowing all over our streets. Use those reusable bags, and anything else you could reuse instead of buying new ones.
Remember. Finally, remember that you are a precious creation of God, and so is every beautiful cloud and desert flower you see. Treasure what God made!