Pass the Granola

 

So, today is Earth Day. That means there are free t-shirts, recycling info, and organic snacks all over the place. Who doesn’t love those Kashi ‘natural’ cookies? Yum! Recycling is a pretty easy thing to do and riding a bike instead of driving is awesome efficiency exercise and transportation in one! All of these things are good and positive, but why? What’s the point? Should people, specifically Christ-followers, be concerned about the Earth? Yes. Here’s why:

1) Earth is a gift and because Earth is a gift, we should take care of it.
2) God is the creator, so taking care of what He has created is physical and spiritual responsibility.
3) A reason people were made is to take care of Earth, so it will continue to help take care of us.

“And the LORD God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person. Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he placed the man he had created… The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.” [Genesis 2: 7-8, 15]

4) Creation demonstrates God’s power, so why wouldn’t we want to take care of it?

“God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water. He loads the clouds with moisture, and they flash with his lightning. The clouds turn around and around under his direction. They do whatever he commands throughout the earth. He causes things to happen on earth, either as a punishment or as a sign of his unfailing love.” [Job 37:10-13]

5) God is revealed through nature!

“From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.” [Romans 1:20]

I have this bad ‘habit’, for lack of a better term, of making a face or not showing enthusiasm when I receive a gift that I don’t understand. Afterwards I’m always embarrassed and apologetic because I’m sure the giver of the gift noticed my reaction or lack of reaction. If God is the giver and nature is the gift, sometimes we as people have a bad habit of mistreating what we’ve been given because we don’t understand it.

Liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between- it doesn’t matter. Young or old, urban or rural- it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is God gave us the gift of Earth and nature, so we should take care of it out of appreciation and return thanks to Him! Creation is all about returning glory to God, so we should be too! Earth Day should be ecological and economical responsibility and returning thanks to God every day!

“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He established them forever and forever. His orders will never be revoked.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and storm, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, reptiles and birds, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and maidens, old men and children.
Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
He has made his people strong, honoring his godly ones– the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!” [Psalm 148]

Some practical suggestions:
-pick up trash when you see it around

-use rechargeable batteries and fill up ink cartridges- it’s cheaper in the long haul!

-be conscientious about how much water you use and how it can be reduced

-reduce consumption & packaging, reuse as much as possible, recycle what needs to be thrown out

-instead of throwing away something, consider if someone else could use it. For example, clothes that don’t fit you will be appreciated by someone who doesn’t have enough, or a little bit of leftovers can be a snack even if it isn’t enough for a meal.

– If you want to reduce, reuse, and recycle for God’s glory and good stewardship, look online for programs in your community and pray that God would show you opportunities.

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” [Hebrews 11:3]

Some interesting sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_day

http://www.everydayhealth.com/blogs/living-green/earth-day-40-years-later?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20100422

http://news.yahoo.com/video/environment-15749659/19271005

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_earth_day_issues