Destroying the Destroyer: Part 2

Destroying the Destroyer: Part 2

 Jack and I enjoying the great outdoors

Jack and I enjoying the great outdoors

Two weeks ago I wrote a blog about April the Giraffe, which led me to discuss the silent extinction of giraffes in the wild, along with other animals, plants, and everything in between that are threatened and endangered, and the lack of outcry from Christians around the world.

I try to get outside as much as I can and with the weather getting warmer I've been spending more time outside, going for walks, and appreciating nature. This week I am continuing my thoughts on my last blog post as there is still a lot more to be said about the matter.

God created our planet and everything on it.

11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
— Genesis 1:11-12 (ESV)

If God really did create our planet and everything on it, why aren’t Christians crippled by the thought of losing it or harming it and doing everything they possibly can to preserve it? Why aren’t there more people fighting for our home? Christians should have the utmost respect for the planet and everything on it, as it is Gods creation right? If you are and Christian and confused by this, please read Genesis 1. Despite this, Christians today aren’t speaking out on environmental issues. Why is this?

·      Christians are selfish?

·      Human lives are more important than animal lives?

·      Environmental issues are too progressive?

20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.
— Genesis 1:20-22 (ESV)

Sure, Christians selflessly give up their time, talents, and treasures for other people, but what about the rest of the things on the planet? Where are the Christians giving up their time taking care of the planet? You won’t be considered a bad Christian if you donate money to an animal conservation fund instead of the local orphanage. You also won’t be a bad Christian if you spend a day planting trees instead of protesting outside of an abortion clinic. Being a steward of the earth doesn’t just mean taking care of the people on it and their issues. Being a steward of the earth means that God gave humans dominion over all the earth. That doesn’t mean that we are supposed to use, abuse, destroy, and deplete everything on this planet.

I think that Christians today have lost a personal connection to the environment despite the amount of content in the bible devoted to discussing nature. Part of the problem is that pastors skim over those parts of the bible and all we ever hear about is how to live like Jesus. If pastors were preaching to the people about their duty to take care of the planet, maybe our planet wouldn’t be so far gone.

Part if the disconnect comes from a lack of communication across various communities. If scientists weren’t afraid to speak to religious communities and vice versa. If church sermons contained lessons about good stewardship of the earth as well as guest speakers from the scientific community, more people could get engaged in environmental issues.

One last thought…

Frankly, in my opinion, Christians don’t care about the environment because they don’t think they need to. When the earth gets destroyed by rising temperatures, floods, a gaping hole in the ozone, whatever it may be, and everyone dies, Jesus will save them. That's why it's better for them to spend their time helping other people instead of worrying about the state of the planet.

What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below!

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