I was listening to a Christian radio station today (something I don’t really enjoy…honestly, at times its like an SNL skit!) and the announcer read the results of a recent poll in which the majority of believers expressed skepticism in regards to climate change and resisted the push to “go green.”
In my opinion, this is a problem and not for some tree hugging, hippy, worship mother earth reason. When God remade the earth for humans He called it “very good” (Gen. 1:31) and charged humankind with caring for it (Gen. 1:26). Some translations read “rule over it” or “dominate it” but the Hebrew word is the same word used to describe tending to a flock and guarding a house against intruders and even the way in which God cares for Israel. Thus, we have been commanded to gently care for the earth.
Moreover, Jesus, our king, commanded Christians to love one another. So, We have been given the commission to care for God’s creation and love everyone but filling up landfills with stuff that fill the groundwater with toxins that may cause cancer is neither.
Dr. Matthew Sleeth in his book “Serve God, Save the Planet” notes that we currently find more than 700 man made toxins in human tissue. Cancer rates have risen greatly. For example, it used to be that 1/19 women in their 30’s would contract breast cancer now that rate is 1/6. Coincidence?
We need to stop wishing to be raptured out of this trailer park and follow our God’s command to care for our home and our neighbors. Now you may object, “but heaven is our home.” Actually, Revelation 21-22 makes it clear that heaven is only a temporary home for those who die before Christ’s return. In the end, God comes to earth and we live here. It is true that God will perfect creation, which, along with us, groans for redemption but we will live here not in the clouds with wings and halos!
Regardless, once again, our God has commanded us to care for His creation and love everyone. We need to recycle, use a water bottle (buy one from Blood: water mission and support their ministry!), compost if you can, carpool, unplug appliances when they are not in use, etc. Our actions are possibly hurting people and the earth God made and pronounced good.
Revolution is all about following our King even to the gates of Hell, so a weekly trip to the recycle bin is not such a big deal!