The Christian's Earth Day Celebration Guide
According to the liberal establishment bent on convincing mankind that the biggest threat to our existence is climate change, logging, and manufacturing, today, April 22, is Earth Day. Really, it is just another day for propaganda and promoting leftist thought through education.
That is not to say, however, that a conservative or Christian or Christian conservative should ignore the plight of the planet or be less thankful for its bounty. The difference is that Earth Day is more in tune with neo-paganism and its earth-centric worship. It is a reverence for "mother earth" or "Mother Nature." It is creature worship.
The Christian rejects this form of humanism and worships the Creator, not the creation.
I say it is neo-paganism, because it has its modern twists and proponents, but it is as old as man-made religion itself.
Paul addressed the fallacy of his "earth day" contemporaries in Romans 1:25...
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (NLT)
So, how should a Christian celebrate Earth Day? The same way he celebrates every other day, but maybe with a more concentrated appreciation for all that God has provided in terms of our environment.
I. Acknowledge His Lordship over all things.
You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. (NLT) Nehemiah 9:6
II. Praise Him for the privilege of caring for His creation.
The Psalmist led a hymn for just this sort of praise and worship In Psalm 8...
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.a
1O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,b
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?c
and crowned theme with glory and honor.
6You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
7the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
III. Protect and preserve His Creation as a responsible steward.
Should Christians be concerned at all about the environment? This question was posed to the great evangelist Billy Graham. I think his answer is brilliant, biblical, and instructive:
Does the Bible say anything about taking care of the environment? I have some friends who are very passionate about this issue, but they don't really believe in God or Jesus the way I do, and they even claim the Bible is anti-environmental. Are they right?
I’m grateful for your friends’ concern for the environment—but no, they aren’t right when they say the Bible isn’t concerned about the environment. In fact, of all people, Christians should be the most concerned for the environment.
Why is this? The reason is because Christians know God created the world, and we are only its stewards or trustees. The very first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). When we see the world as a gift from God, we will do our best to take care of it and use it wisely, instead of poisoning or destroying it.
We don’t worship the earth; instead, we realize that God gave it to us, and we are accountable to Him for how we use it. After creating Adam, the first man, the Bible says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). God didn’t tell him to exploit the world or treat it recklessly, but to watch over it and use it wisely. Like a good ruler, we should seek the welfare of everything God entrusts to us—including the creation. The Bible says, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal” (Proverbs 12:10).
Yes, we should take care of the environment. But most of all, we should take care of our souls. Is Christ the center of your life, and are you seeking to live for Him every day?
Happy earth day.
Or, let me put it a better way. Happy Lord's Day. Every day is His day and every celebration is of His lordship, his goodness, His grace, His glory.
Even those who ignore Him in their revelry or deny him in their rhetoric, only celebrate because of Him. Today, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that he is Lord. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.
It is not about us. It is not about Al Gore. It is not about the ice caps, the rain forest, or the spotted owl.
It is all about Him. Always has been. Always will be.
But the LORD is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20
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