Firstly I just wanted to say that I worship the Creator who created all things rather than worship creation/nature. Nature expresses the glory of The Lord and He takes great delight in it. It shows His power and His wisdom through created things. For me that’s just so awesome!
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Over a week ago on television I watched some underwater footage from somewhere very idyllic. The water should have been full of the most colourful and exquisite fish. But you could hardly see the fish for the amount of rubbish that was floating around them. It was so sad to watch.
(by the way the featured photo at top of blog post taken by NASA Astronaut and Christian – Jeff Williams viewing a coral reef off the coast of Mozambique from space)
But it got worse … the next day on Facebook I saw a picture of a stag with marine rubbish including a buoy wrapped around its antlers. The article stated that two stags had died recently because of the marine rubbish that’s collecting around our shorelines. I think this picture is absolutely shocking! I couldn’t get that picture out of my head. I know that here deer can be a pest if their numbers aren’t culled but they are still beautiful animals.
Gina Hanrahan, acting head of policy at WWF Scotland, said: “These images of discarded fishing gear and plastics having such an impact on wildlife on Rum are very distressing.
“Plastics are suffocating our oceans and as it’s washed ashore, is also having a devastating impact on animals on land.
“This shows why we all need to take greater care in how we use and dispose of plastics.” source
We have a responsibility to look after this world for the sake of our children and our children’s children.
Then I read a blog post that a friend had posted where I watched a couple of videos on the plight of our birds. It was so distressing to see that they were dying because of the plastic and rubbish they were eating rather than nourishing food. But there was something very poignant about that blog post. It was questioning the apathy that part of the church has towards looking after our planet. Why does this not prick the conscience of so many Christians?
But the silence from millions of Christians is deafening. They don’t seem to mind what happens to the world around them. Why is that?
- Is it because most believe that environmentalism is just part of the liberal political agenda and run mostly by tree huggers / New Agers?
- Could it really be because they want ruin, doom, and destruction of this world as soon as possible as it will hasten their futurism view of bible prophecy? The faster others destroy the earth the less time they’ll have to wait for ‘their rapture’. While they just sit back and wait … and read the newspaper headlines.
Their doctrine ignores the mandate man has been given to tend the earth.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth. Gen 1:28
From that verse we can see the entire human race was given the responsibility to be caretakers over His creation. Where is the get-out clause for futurists?
I’m no longer a futurist or dispensationalist. I don’t believe that the earth is going to be destroyed and a new heaven and new earth will replace what’s already here. (read Last Days for further info.)
My love for nature through my work encourages me to steward the little piece of earth that’s outside my back door for now and the local environment.
I’m reminded that small actions can make a big difference and everyone has a part to play.
All things in Nature Belong to The Lord
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it
The earth and all it contains doesn’t belong to us – it belongs to The Lord. We were created in His image to fulfill His purposes and through that give glory back to Him. One of those purposes is to tend and care for His creation. All through the bible there are beautiful verses of scripture showing how the Lord cares and tends for nature. It’s our responsibility to have that same loving concern as stewards and to care for His property.
Just like someone in the family business looking after the business assets – creation is a huge asset and a precious resource for us and the generations to come in the future. We need to look after it and pray that futurists will soon understand how important their future on this earth really is!