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How Green Should Christians Be?

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Here are four reasons why Christians should care for the environment…

1. God Created Everything, Sustains All Things, and He Delights in His Creation:

See - Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16-17

At the end of each stage of creation God saw that what he had done was “good” (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25).

Genesis 1:31
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…

All of creation was created by God to his glory on display and for us to marvel at his handiwork (Psalm 104:24-25).

2. Creation reveals God:

"General Revelation” - See Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:18-23

And here’s the question…would we rip up (destroy) or mistreat a Bible?

3. Man was created to worshipfully care for the environment
We were not created to worship the environment (or to put the environment before the well-being of man); but we were created to worship God by caring for the environment (Genesis 2:15).

John Calvin put it like this:
“The earth was given to man with this condition, that he should occupy himself in its cultivation…let him endeavor to hand it down to posterity…better cultivated…that he neither dissipates it by luxury, nor permits it to be marred or ruined by neglect.”
(commentary on Genesis)

4. God created the environment (all of creation) and, through the Gospel, He is restoring all of creation (reversing the effects of the curse).
See Genesis 3:17; John 3:16; Romans 8:19-22

Commenting on Genesis 3:17, The Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible says:
“Man’s natural relationship to the ground, to rule over it, is reversed; instead of submitting to him, it resists and eventually swallows him. The earth, frustrated by the…disharmony, longs for restoration.”

Christ is returning to consummate His Kingdom here on Earth and when He returns He will make everything new (2 Peter 3:10-13)!

Also see Revelation 21 & 22 – New Heavens & New Earth

Revelation 21:5
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making
everything new! …”

What does this mean? What should we do?

Honestly…I don’t know! I’m not saying that we should get rid of all our SUVs, etc, etc… But do I think you would be a fool to think that our way of life has had zero effect on our atmosphere and environment. Are the radical proponents of global warming right? Well, beware of the propaganda of fear (both the right and left use it!), know your facts, and then live and vote accordingly!

You see, for the Christian, the first and foremost issue is not global warming or energy conservation or deforestation, etc…; the issue is whether or not we will exercise a moral and biblical obedience to a direct command of God to care for His creation (Genesis 2:15). We are not to simply hear the truth of God’s Word and not do anything with it! God’s word is rule over us and bring about change in our everyday lives!

So, become aware of environmental issues and get involved where you feel called!

Some Links to Help You Better Understand the Facts Concerning Our Environment:

From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia:

Creation, I Care:
This website is an outgrowth of the teaching of Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed. Dr. Hunter has become a nationally known spokesperson for issues related to Creation Care, which he teaches is one of the “Compassion Issues” outlined in Scripture: including Sanctity of Life, Creation Care, Justice, Poverty, and Marriage and the Family.

The Evangelical Environmental Network:
Provides a wealth of useful information. Includes links to past issues of “Creation Care” magazine.

Creation Care for Pastors:
This site is intended to serve pastors who are interested in a growing emphasis within the Christian community called "Creation Care": applying biblical principles of stewardship to the environment we share with all living things.

EPA Website for Kids:
Covers all aspects of climate in a brief, easy-to-understand format.
Earth 911:
"Earth 911 empowers the Earth’s citizenry with community-specific “actionable” environmental information for you to use in everyday life for the purpose of living responsibly by contributing to the solution of sustainability." Find out where to drop off your recyclables (locally) and get helpful tips on becoming more environmental.

Some Links with Practical Info on How to Improve Our Environment:

Consumer Reports'
Greener Choices
A Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices.

Energy Star Appliances:
Looking to buy some new appliances? Look for the Energy Star of approval. This government agency only gives this approval once strict guidelines from the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy are met.

Recycle Your Gadgets!
You can now drop off your old electronics at Staples (year round) to be recycled. For more info on where to drop off recyclables in your local area go to Earth 911.