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Earth Day: Why Should Christians Care For The Environment?

Earth Day: Why Should Christians Care For The Environment?

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“God intends … our care of creation to reflect our love for the Creator.” -John R.W. Stott (1921- 2011).

While environmental stewardship has far too often been turned into a partisan political issue in our nation, God’s true desire for us as Christians is to care for His creation. This issue should not be one that divides us, but instead should unite us since environmental degradation impacts all of God’s creatures.

1. Upon the completion of His creation, God called His creation “good,” and He cares about it deeply. In Luke 12:24, Jesus said “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them….” Our Creator cares about every single one of His creatures. God created everything for His glory and for our enjoyment.

2. Creation care was the very first job that God assigned to humans on Earth. According to Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend it and to keep it.” These words refer to the idea of care, protection, and stewardship of the garden. It was clear that God wanted Adam involved in taking care of what He had created.

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3. Adam named the animals that God created. In Genesis 2:19, God created animals as Adam’s first companions on Earth (of course, He later created Eve because the animals were not the most suitable partners for the first man on Earth), and God had Adam name each of them. It seems that God believed that if you name something, you are much more likely to care about it and ensure that it is protected.

4. We are a part of God’s creation and are dependent upon it; we are not separated from it. God placed Adam and Eve directly inside the Garden of Eden, they received their daily sustenance from it, and they were called to care for it. They were an important part of the system of their garden home.

Earth Day: Why Should Christians Care For The Environment?

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With all of our human inventions and infrastructure, it is often easy to forget how much we are a part of nature and how dependent we are on it. We need nature for our food, water, and other resources. As we are now learning, even optimal childhood development and human health is dependent upon nature in many different ways.

Even today, many native people groups around the world are still entirely dependent on nature for their traditional ways of life.

5.For God so loved the world.” While God loves humans dearly, he also loves the rest of His creation.  And why not? He created everything, after all!

The presence of sin in our world has not only negatively impacted the human race but it has also impacted the rest of creation, including all of the creatures and the ecosystems on Earth. Jesus died on the cross not only to redeem and restore human souls, but also to redeem and restore His creation that has been so negatively impacted by the Fall of Man.

6. Environmental destruction negatively impacts all of us, including the “least of these” around the world that God loves so dearly. Environmental destruction leads to disease, poverty, conflict, and war around the world, and it is the world’s poor that are typically the most vulnerable to environmental problems, such as pollution and ecosystem degradation.

It is worth considering that our “neighbors” include not only those who are poor around the world, but also future generations that will live on our planet (including our children).

7. Christians should be the first and the best examples of how to care for God’s creation. Because “the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1),” we recognize to Whom this world truly belongs. It certainly does not belong to humanity to do with whatever we please.

Sadly, much of the modern Body of Christ has given up the responsibility of creation stewardship to the World, and we have fallen far short on this important responsibility.

Earth Day: Why Should Christians Care For The Environment?

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8. God’s original intent was for His creation to work together in harmony. To the smallest detail, our Lord planned everything to play a role in nature for a purpose. When something gets removed (such as when a species goes extinct), or when things get out of balance (such as due to pollution or habitat destruction), our world’s ecosystems start to malfunction, and we humans are often negatively impacted as well.

9. In the Church, we often talk about being responsible with our financial resources, but how are we using our natural resources that God has also blessed us with? We are caretakers of what our God has entrusted to us during our time here on Earth.

10. Our Lord hates waste. In John 6:12, Jesus instructed His disciples not to waste any of the leftover food from the feeding of the 5,000. He would likely tell us today not to be wasteful in our own lives with the resources that He has blessed us with, whether it is with our finances, our time, how we use energy and water, or food.

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In nature, there is no “waste,” as everything gets reused and recycled within natural ecosystems.

11. According to Romans 8:18-23, all creation will be renewed, along with humanity. God desires and intends that human souls are saved and that His creation is renewed. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross has made these things possible in a fallen world.

12. By taking care of God’s creation and interacting with it, we learn more about Him: His character, amazing beauty, love, provision, creativity, infinite intelligence, and even His humor (consider for a moment the duck-billed platypus!).

Thank you, Lord, for your beautiful creation that all works together in such wonderful ways. You are a great and loving Creator, and we love you!  Amen.

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  1. This article proves an old axiom which says ‘the Devil and his supporters can make the Bible say anything they want it to say’ and no matter how flawed that theology some will believe it to be the truth of the Gospel. After all Satan himself quoted Scripture multiple times to try and convince the Son of God that he knew what god intended by what the Word of God says, but Jesus didn’t fall for that. Although I’m sure there are some pew sitting, Sunday Christians who don’t know the Bible well enough to argue the point and who will fall for the lies in this story there are and multitudes of Christians who will not fall for the faulty theological premise put forth by the above story. What you have done is use just enough Scripture to muddy the water and make people think that what you say is truth; something that Satan is quite adept at, but you smooth talking will not convince those who not only know the Word of God intimately but also know the Lord just as intimately.

    The Bible does not say, nor does it imply that this world, like fallen mankind, was or could be redeemed by Christ’s death on the cross. This world and everything in it will burn up and pass away, as will all of the universe and all that God created. It does not matter how well we take care of the earth, it’s resources, it’s air or water, animals, etc. none of those things will remain come Judgment Day. As for our human cohabiters on this planet in the meantime, we are commanded to treat them as we would treat the Lord Himself if we saw the Lord in need; feed them if hungry, give them water if thirsty, clothe them if naked, take them in if they need a place to stay, visit them if they’re sick or imprisoned, make disciples of them, baptize them, teach them ALL that Christ taught … because our own reward or punishment will be determined on how we treat “the least of these” among us. But nowhere, and I repeat, nowhere in Scripture are the “least of these” even implied to be the animals, the air, the water or this planet, and the Bible certainly does not support the proposed theology that Christians should support the environmentalist agenda. The love of this earth, human actions, mother earth, animism, environmental agendas, globalism, climate, religion, world peace and harmony of all created things is humanism, mysticism, sorcery, witchcraft and Satanism. So just because someone may want to claim it’s Scriptural or God-ordained does not make it so, nor will those who belong to the Lord waltz off into the sunset with a different understanding of God’s Word because a false teacher says it’s so and quotes a Bible verse to “prove” it. All I can do is rebuke such heresy as heresy and say “Get thee behind me Satan!”

    • You really are a narrow minded bigoted person who has no understanding of Scripture or of the planet God created. For example just how much of the “doom and gloom” predictions of the 1980 earth, air, water, ocean pollution, temperature fluctuations, flooding, etc. has actually occurred in the 30 years plus since those “educated scientists” said we’d be in a heap of trouble by now? No highways flooded, no coastal cities under water, no signs telling us water must be requested in restaurants, no one wearing masks to breath outside, temperatures fluctuate as they’ve always done with some warm days and some cold days … in fact even the worse case scenario testified to by Dr. Hanson in 1988 on climate change has been exceeded and yet we’re all still here and we’re all still living just as comfortable a life a our parents and grandparents lived at the turn of the 20th century, climate-wise. God’s created a self-healing planet and there is NOTHING that you or any other human being can do to change the earth or its climate, air, water, etc. O, but you say, we have floods and famines and storms and people dying from hunger and disease as a result of “our caring for the earth” … B-O-L-O-G-N-A!!! Our care of the earth, or our lack of care of the earth, has nothing to do with the numbers of floods, storms, famines, earthquakes, diseases, etc.. … if that were even partly true then there would never have been floods, famines, storms, earthquakes, diseases epidemics, etc. of severe or less severe consequence in prior history of the planet. I recommend you do some study of the planet’s history concerning these matters from a purely secular viewpoint to learn how totally clueless you are. As for Scripture and the return of the Lord, timing is not important, the fact is He will return and all of this crappy planet you and your kind want to waste time maintaining will burn up and all that you do will be a waste. Care for your family’s needs, care for your neighbor’s needs, care for your eternal soul and let God take care of the planet until His return.

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  3. It is good that we are good stewards of our environment, but don’t get fooled by the UN’s scam for a global power grab for worldwide control of all human activity under an evil oligarchy.

    Here’s an article from 1990 about the founding of “Earth Day”, the people behind it and the agenda.

    “Earth Day” – The Greatest Sham on Earth
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/23011-earth-day-the-greatest-sham-on-earth

    For the latest moves, see the following which has some more articles listed at the bottom of the article.

    Obama, Xi to sign UN Global Warming Pact on Earth Day
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/23020-obama-and-china-dictator-xi-to sign-un-global-warming-pact-on-earth-day-april-22

  4. There are two types of nations: Industrialized nations and Developing nations. The Developing nations are at least going to make every single mistake Industrialized nations did. Everyone in Africa wants their own tv, barbie doll, transformer, CAR, 401k, be a CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY, you gotta wear a suit and deodarant don’t forget your plastic toothbrush, the fluoride has gotta go somewhere so dump it in the water supply…

    Put a brick in your toilet. Recycle your cans and bottles. Polish the brass and clean the windows on the titanic… Fight a war even! …I hate to say this… The world is a finite sphere. IT’S ALL GOING DOWN. Anyone who says it can be avoided is a bold-faced liar. I’d like to hear their plan for the billions of dark-skinned individuals who simply will not rest until they have every single possession their white-skinned planetary neighbors possess. The desire for the attainments of western culture is a real world-wide motivational phenomenon. You can’t pull a nazi germany on them (or us), you can’t kill them or tell them what to do so… The Earth will become inhospitable. Everyone on earth has to accept the reality that mankind cannot save himself from death (or his planet from destruction). All possible solutions face so much opposition that it means war in every case. Environmentalism in the face of war? LOST CAUSE.

  5. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong in Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:22-24

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