Christian Concerns About Earth Day

My observation is that many evangelical Christians are skeptical about earth day. It is not just that they don’t want to participate in earth day, for some there are some real concerns. I would like to tackle some of those concerns.

Ecology Leads to Nature Worship

There are definitely some people involved in the ecological movement that have slipped into nature worship. There has been a renewal in worship of Gaea and some types of neo-pagan worship lead toward this as well.

But there is no reason that caring for nature must lead to nature worship. Anything that people care about can lead to idolatry, but it doesn’t have to. Even the Bible can be an idol if we put it before God. It is possible to take care of the planet with the motivation being that of the Creator and not worship of the creation.

Eschatological Concerns

For others, anticipation of the end-times is the reason to avoid earth day. Since Jesus will return soon and destroy the planet, taking care of the planet seems to go against what Jesus is going to do.

First, we do not know when Jesus is going to come back so abusing the planet based on this assumption is not very wise. Another problem is the idea that earth is valueless and our true home is in heaven. The biblical picture is more of a resurrected earth than an eternal heaven. See my post Don’t Plan on Spending Eternity in Heaven. We take care of our human bodies now despite the resurrection, we should do the same with the planet.

Ecology is Part of the Liberal Agenda

As I have mentioned many times before, I have no interest in the culture wars and the fight between conservatives and liberals. Determining whether something is right or wrong does not depend on which camp is promoting it. The question is, what does the Bible say?

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)

I have heard Christians say that Genesis 1:28 gives us the right to abuse the planet all we want. I don’t understand that interpretation at all. If someone of great power gave me responsibility over something of value, I would assume that my role would be to take care of it and not abuse it.

The truth is that the world sees how we act and what we say. The lack of creation-care by some Christians is a bad witness. We should be working together, Christians and non-Christians, to take care of the amazing planet we have been given as a home.

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