Climate change is a very real and pressing threat to our existence on this planet. From the unchecked practices of large manufacturers to the smaller, daily contributions of carbon emissions from commuters, the ozone layer is continuing to thin. This has caused significant and widespread issues that demand immediate action.
Of course, we know that God has ordered mankind to care for His creation, regardless of the circumstances. And there are passages we can turn to during this time of turbulence that can renew our faith and help us in this ongoing fight.
So, what does the Bible say about helping the environment? Ad how can you make a positive impact?
God Protects His Creation
Most Christians can recite Genesis 1:1 without a second thought: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” The rest of the chapter goes on to explain God bringing animals, land, the universe and humans into existence. From this point on, people are His main concern. However, He still makes a point to care for and protect His creation, even to this very day.
For example, Psalms 104:25-30 talks about the ocean and all the creatures that call it home. There, God “gives them their food at the proper time” and “they are satisfied with good things.”
Meanwhile, Matthew 6:25-26 reminds Christians that God’s eye is on the sparrow, which He feeds and cares for. The Lord’s attention to even the tiniest creatures reminds his followers that they’re to do the same.
God Makes Himself Known Through Nature
During biblical times, God used His creation to speak to His people. In some cases, this meant talking donkeys and prophets being eaten by whales. While nature might not talk so loudly today, it still reveals God’s divine power and majesty. In fact, Romans 1:19-20 even states that creation can help people understand God’s invisible qualities, so they’re without excuse on judgment day.
If nature is so important to mankind’s eternal destiny, it would only make sense for Christians to preserve it. Then, those with hard hearts may come to know the Lord — not through sermons but through His creation. The intricacies and fragility of natural habitats and even the human body are often enough to convince others of His existence and put them on the path of right thinking.
Humans Are Earth’s Caretakers
The Bible explicitly states that humans are to care for the Earth. In fact, it’s one of their main responsibilities aside from furthering the kingdom of God. If people fail to take responsibility, no one else will pick up the slack because humans are the planet’s sole caretakers.
Psalms 8:4-9 presents this truth that “thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet.” The second chapter of Genesis also reveals man’s purpose. Verse 15 says, “and the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Thus, it’s up to Christ-followers to tend and keep the Earth and everything on it.
God Will Judge Destructive People
God also promises to punish those who don’t take their caretaking responsibilities seriously. Whether they’re littering, needlessly trampling over pastures or polluting waterways — according to Ezekiel 34:8 — the Lord will rain his wrath down upon them, even after they die.
Revelation 11:18 says, “the time has come for judging the dead and for destroying those who destroy the Earth.” God will call his followers home at this time, but those who inherited the planet and failed to protect it will be destroyed. Let that be incentive enough for you to leave nothing but footprints the next time you’re out exploring God’s creation.
When it comes to conserving resources and protecting the planet, no one should be more enthusiastic than Christians. Since God has charged them with taking care of the Earth, it’s their responsibility to follow through and obey His commands. In return, God will take care of you by providing food, water, and other natural resources that are essential for your happiness and survival.
Are you ready to trust? You have a few options at your disposal when “going green.” Recently, large automakers outside of Tesla have been designing their own models of electric vehicles. Ford made an $11 billion investment in EVs, showing that there’s real hope for the future.
Beyond EVs, you could also purchase energy-efficient appliances or install low-flow water fixtures in your home. Even something as simple as healthy, mindful eating can make a huge difference in the long run.
Remember to start small and form solid habits before engaging in more sustainable efforts. Soon enough, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to make a difference in the world, both for the prosperity of future generations and the honor of God.