Happy Earth Day

The earth is the Lord’s and all it con­tains, The world, and those who dwell in it. Psalm 24:1, NASB

Know­ing that the earth belongs to God — that it is His and not ours! — do you think that should affect our atti­tude toward the plan­et and how we treat it?

If you walk into some­one’s house and throw trash on their floors, dump poi­son into var­i­ous drinks in the ‘fridge, and set off a smoke bomb to taint the air, how much respect does that show for not only those who live there, but also for the homeowner?

How dif­fer­ent is it to wan­ton­ly pol­lute and destroy the plan­et? How much respect does that show the Lord who owns it? 

If you’ve nev­er heard it put that way, chances are your church views envi­ron­men­tal­ism & per­haps even Earth Day itself as devices of “god­less lib­er­als.” That’s how I used to view them any­way. Yet here I am, and I am cer­tain­ly not god­less by any means. I may be per­haps a tad more social­ly lib­er­al, but I trust my views are based upon the Scrip­tures and so I don’t fret about it.

So the Earth is the Lord’s. Today many peo­ple will be cel­e­brat­ing the plan­et. I’m all for rec­og­niz­ing Earth Day, but I pro­pose that to cel­e­brate the plan­et is to place the empha­sis in the wrong place. Let’s cel­e­brate the Lord who made the plan­et, and let’s do so by tak­ing care of it.

Our atti­tude toward that which God owns reflects our atti­tude toward Him, so I’m encour­ag­ing all of my read­ers to make a com­mit­ment — how­ev­er small or seem­ing­ly insignif­i­cant it may be — to do some­thing which will help improve the plan­et. Here are some sug­ges­tions from Wik­i­How:

  • Plant trees. That’s sim­ple enough, right? And admit it, you’ve always want­ed an apple or peach tree! A small tree plant­ed today may be a great climb­ing tree for your chil­dren or grand­chil­dren (or even their chil­dren!), so not only are you improv­ing the plan­et, but you’re mak­ing a small invest­ment into the child­hood of poten­tial­ly quite a few chil­dren. Good for you! :-)

    Plant­i­ng trees helps to reduce green­house gas emis­sions, clean pol­lu­tion, secure soil in place to pre­vent ero­sion, and pro­vide homes for all sorts of God’s creatures!

  • Turn junk into art. Whether it’s as sim­ple as con­vert­ing a used plas­tic bot­tle (from juice or pop, for instance) into a bird feed­er or as inter­est­ing as mak­ing a cen­ter­piece out of used gui­tar strings, sim­ple crafts have the poten­tial of keep­ing quite a bit of waste out of the land­fills, which is always a good thing!
  • Learn more about the envi­ron­ment. Study up on what the Bible says about the plan­et and the God who cre­at­ed and owns it. Hit the local library and bone up on any of a myr­i­ad of sub­jects: pol­lu­tion, endan­gered species, water short­ages, recy­cling, and cli­mate change are just some exam­ples. If you find an area that inter­ests you, look into get­ting involved with a local group that is involved with the same area.
  • Reduce, reuse, and recy­cle. The good ol’ three Rs. Not only will you keep addi­tion­al mate­r­i­al out of the land­fills, but new raw mate­ri­als won’t have to be processed, shipped, and so on. There is so much ben­e­fit from the three Rs that it would be impos­si­ble to list them all here. Just imag­ine if every­one did these things on a dai­ly basis!
  • Encour­age hand-me-downs. Don’t let your chil­dren throw old toys out. Teach them to pass them down to younger sib­lings. The giv­ing kids will learn valu­able lessons, includ­ing the impor­tance of gen­eros­i­ty as well as the impor­tance of reuse and recy­cling. And while you’re teach­ing your kids, make sure you reuse when you’re able.
  • And much more! Check out WikiHow.com for more ideas and tips.

And for strict­ly Sat­ur­day-morn­ing-car­toon-nos­tal­gia rea­sons, here are Cap­tain Plan­et’s top ten eco-tips.

Remem­ber: It isn’t about wor­ship­ing the earth. It isn’t about so-called envi­ron­men­tal con­spir­a­cies. It is about treat­ing the plan­et as a gift from the Lord and as some­thing which still belongs to Him. Hap­py Earth Day, and God bless you.






2 responses to “Happy Earth Day”

  1. Justin Avatar

    Wow, you know, “I’ve nev­er thought about that!” But seri­ous­ly now, I haven’t! I mean, I would­n’t treat the world as worth­less and abuse it, but my phi­los­o­phy has been, “The earth is going to die any­way, so what’s the point?”

    Thanks, I’ll try to respect God’s cre­ation more, now.

  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    The Lord will pour out His wrath upon the earth one day — that much is true. How­ev­er, He does so not because He hates the earth, but because He hates sin. The pour­ing out of His wrath cul­mi­nates in the ulti­mate ren­o­va­tion of the earth by fire, the return­ing of the earth to a par­a­disi­a­cal state.

    The way I see it, if the earth was val­ue­less and some­thing to be dis­re­gard­ed, we could all spend eter­ni­ty in Heav­en with­out a sec­ond thought of Earth. Yet the com­mon thought is that believ­ers will die and go to Heav­en for all eter­ni­ty — yet even Heav­en is temporary!

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