Almost weekly if not daily we are bombarded with messages in the media about our need to “Save the Planet”. We hear about global warming and climate change with regularity. There are all kinds of suggestions as to how we can go about “saving the planet”: drive electric cars, use solar power at home, stop drinking from plastic containers, go paperless, etc.
But then there are the extremists. Some suggest that a human’s right and ability to have children be restricted in order to curb our population. The thought being there are not enough natural resources on the planet to sustain life if we keep having babies. I just read an article about how the beef industry is the worst industrial threat to our environment. It takes 660 gallons of water to produce a hamburger so extremists say it’s not possible to sustain our water supply if we keep eating hamburgers. (I’m not trading my hamburger for a salad – people!)
Now on the other hand – according to scriptures – the days are numbered for this planet as we know it.
“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” ~ 2 Peter 3:12
So which is it? As followers of Jesus do we save the planet or party like it’s about to be over?
Let me just list a few responses followers of Jesus should have:
1. Our original assignment was to care for what God created (Genesis 1:28)
God gave us a wonderful creation! He gave man the task of caring for it. Our response to the “Save the Planet” effort is to be conservationist. We should take steps that are within reason to insure God’s creation is enjoyed. We should do our part it’s what God expects of us!
2. We should remember that creation is God’s word to the world
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
Part of the way in which God reveals himself to people in this world is through his creation. The creation around us is evidence of God’s existence. Just as we respect God’s written word we should treat our environment with respect as well.
3. God’s plan is to redeem man not creation
God sent his son into this world to save us – not the planet. We were created in his image. We (I’m referring to human and I think that includes most of us) are precious enough to Jesus that he was willing to die for us. It is humans that Jesus is coming back for.
What’s the Point?
We must keep things in perspective when it comes to us and “saving the planet”. Never once in the scriptures does the Bible indicate that animal life is more precious than human life. Yet if we took to heart the movie “Noah” we would be led to believe that God’s plan is to save the planet and animals and do away with humans – It’s Not!
Our response needs to be to conserve and be good stewards of God’s creation. We need to treat it with respect and enjoy the beauty God created all around us. But we must not live as if this planet is all there is! There is a new heaven and a new earth awaiting those who follow Jesus. Jesus wants us to live our daily lives in anticipation of a “Saved” planet!