Saturday, February 5, 2011

A bunch of tree-huggers?

My husband and I are laying in bed reading when he turns to me and says, "You do realize people probably think we're a bunch of tree-huggers, right?"

I laugh and shrug. What can I say? I mean, I know it's true. I know the more I look into things, the more I see how defiled our food, bodies, and earth has become.

We've eaten up the lie that food is all about calories. Folks, it's hardly about calories. It's about consuming what we were meant and made to consume. It's about treating God's creation with love and care because it is a gift, and one we have been given stewardship over. We don't want to see how big of an impact our choices have on the earth- how chemical pesticides, genetically modified foods, and modern farming practices ruin our soil, the very foundation of life.

We choose not to look at how industrialization has polluted every living thing on earth- from our seas to our newborn babies.

When I was a child, I remember someone telling me, "Well, the world is going to hell in a hand basket anyway. God's going to destroy this earth. It really doesn't matter what people do to it."

That's absolutely absurd. It matters how we care for the things God has placed under our authority. What sort of message does that send to the Almighty Lord when we treat the earth as our dumping grounds, when we defile our plants by over processing and genetically (and chemically) modifying them, when we sicken our animals by feeding them foods that their stomachs were not made to digest (and force them to live under unfavorable, inhumane conditions)?

What does it say about our character when we do not care whether we (or others) poison all of creation, including our very own children?

I've been accused of "worshiping the creation instead of the creator", as if caring about God's creation means I'm worshiping it. On the contrary! I worship God, the One who created all things. Because I love Him, it is my desire to take proper care of those things that He has blessed me with.

I didn't always understand this. I am struggling to live by it. And more and more I realize how man's depravity goes far beyond the spiritual. We have forgotten that God cares about our whole being- everything we do. There should be no part of our life that is "secular", no part of our life that God should not have control over. There is no part of our life that we should hold back from Christ. Every bit of how we live, who we are, and what we do should glorify God, shouldn't it?

Do we not care about the earth our children and our children's children will inhabit once we are dead and gone? Do we not care that our grandchildren and their children will have to deal with the consequences of our poor choices?

Must we wait until the very last second, when it's almost too late, to make a change?

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. [Psalm 24:1]

If all of creation speaks of God's glory, then shouldn't we take better care of it?

Links you might enjoy:

Earth Ministry

Christian for Environmental Stewardship

Restoring Eden

Creation Care Study Program

I am currently reading this article: Christian Stewardship of the Environment

[Btw, I am not coming at this from any denominational point of view. I do want to make that clear.]


Shadow said...

very well stated. especially the last sentence :-) it's frustrating that christians see environmentalism as a "left-wing" issue.

mommyto4blessings said...

I totally agree with you on this.