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Are you down with Earth Day or down on Earth Day?

Here is a previous post on why I think that it is important – everyday. http://tinyurl.com/cpanf9

What do you think about Earth, God, and People?

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There are few issues as polarizing today as the environmental movement. Many feel that this is another battle in America’s “culture war.”

Nowhere has the issue been more explosive than within the American church. Some churches have latched onto the environmental movement out of theological conviction, others out of a desire to be viewed as nice, still others out of a quest to be considered relevant. On the other hand, many religious leaders have completely rejected environmentalism as mere paganism, and warned other believers not to be blinded by “the green haze.”

I am afraid that far too many of us (professing Christians) have allowed ideological camps to sway us toward, or drive us away from, their positions instead of being reflective, creative, proactive, or even biblical on this issue. I think that we can find a wealth of guidance about environmentalism in the opening pages of the scriptures. The Genesis Creation Poem provides some important truths that must influence our stance, and actions, on the world’s growing environmental concerns.

1. God made the Earth, and God liked it. The physical earth is not bad. It is God’s creation, and God called it “good” a number of times. How should we treat something that was created by God, and belongs to God?

2. God made People out of the Earth. God made adam (human) out of adama (earth). In modern language, we are made out of the same elements. The way that we treat creation, is the way that we treat humanity. The notion of Human vs Nature is not found here. We are presented as a part of the community of creation.

3. God empowered People to care for the Earth. God chose to create humans in His likeness. God also empowers humanity to rule the earth in His likeness. In the reality that God created (also the reality that we live in) – Humanity has a real impact on the Earth. God calls us to use that power for good, and to care for and nurture the Earth.

While the creation poem does not give us details on how to care for creation, it makes it clear that we must care for the Earth. I believe that the people of faith should be leading the way in creation care, not in an attempt to be relevant or hip, but out of obedience, stewardship and love.

What do you think?