The evidence is irrefutable.
If you are a Christian, you are an environmentalist. You must be concerned with the state of the earth and our environment. Scripture states that we are stewards of the planet.
The quotes below from the Bible are ones I return to time and again when so-called good Christians argue with me that Jesus does not want us to worry so much about the earth as we are to care for the people of the earth. This argument gets under my skin, so I have my selection of God’s words to remind others where we truly stand on the planet.
If you find yourself unconcerned or unwilling to make changes for the betterment of our planet, you are not a thoughtful Christian. If you think the destruction around you is part of God’s plan and that you need play no part in protecting or bettering the state of the oceans, landfills, ozone layer, etc, you are not paying attention to the Scripture you reference.
Do not say to me my focus shouldn’t be on the condition of the earth while invoking the Lord’s name in your reasoning. That’s asinine. We are to care for the earth, for all of its inhabitants, for the Lord’s creation. I care for the earth as much as for the people upon it, and that’s what makes me a Christian.
“Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
We humans, above all of God’s creations, were chosen to be stewards of the earth and all He put upon it. God wants us to take care of what He created and yet there are people who claim to be followers of the Bible who say we can do as we want because we were given “dominion” over it. Owning something and caring for it are two different things; we were not given such an honor and a gift to exploit it or destroy it.
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
If we are harming the earth, then we are saying we are more powerful than God. If we pollute, overuse, waste, or drive a species to extinction, we are showing we can destroy that which He created, implying we can use this earth for our own ends rather than for His glory.
“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth.”
And what does He find when He comes to judge? Not only are we harming God’s creation with pollution, we are harming ourselves. When He comes to judge the living and the dead, and we have polluted our bodies and wrecked the planet He gifted us, I fear God will not rejoice in what He finds but rather see us in our sinful, destructive pride.
“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”
Well, if that isn’t pretty cut-and-dry, I don’t know what is. Seriously, folks, take care of the planet. All Christians ought to be environmentalists; all of us need to be aware of the daily harm we are doing to the planet. We were given this great, big, beautiful, bountiful gift, and look at what we collectively have done to it. Is God really happy with the earth, with how His greatest creation is treating all His other creations? Or will we eventually, all of us, be cowed in fear as God destroys us for destroying the earth?
“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth, and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant.”
The Bible clearly states that God created and blessed the earth then made a covenant with Man that we would protect and care for it and all the creatures upon it. Scripture says that if we do not treat the earth right, He can take what He has given.
“And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.”
How dare we? How can we keep on with denying the changes our consumption and selfishness have wrought? Why are we not, on a global scale, calling Christians together to make a change to bring the earth back to a healthy, stable position?
“How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? The beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.”
Changes have been occurring for centuries. The histories tell us how, time and again, climates have shifted or rains have stopped or floods were numerous. Each of those times is part of God’s plan, just like the issues facing our earth today are part of His plan.
That does not mean we continue blindly on with our destructive behaviors and our habits that clearly show poor stewardship of the earth.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
God is the Great Creator. We merely inhabit His planet. Everything under Heaven belongs to God. It is time all of us started behaving as such.
What changes will you make in your daily routine to lighten your destructive impact on the earth? Where on your thoughtfully sought path will you make a difference for the planet’s health?