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God's Involvement in Earth Day

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV

Earth Day is growing in importance. The month of April is filled with recycling, reclamation and ecological events. Knowing that nature is part of God's creation, Christians should play active roles in caring for our world. It is sad to see how poorly we have managed the natural wonders. Human greed often destroys delicate ecological balance. Attempts to repair the balance have sometimes resulted in even greater damage. Creating animal preserves, setting aside rainforest lands, cleaning the garbage out of the Mississippi, bagging the litter, eliminating pollution comes with a price. No matter how much we invest in ecology, we can't bring back all that has been lost.

There is no species more endangered than humans. God placed humans in charge of his creation in Genesis 1:28-31, and everything was good until humans disobeyed God. Humans now dominate the earth; but of all creation, humans seem to be in the greatest need of reclamation. As hard as we try, we can't get things back to the way they should be. We can't even live without regrets.

There will be a day of reckoning when we will have to answer to God, the maker of heaven and earth. Truly we are endangered, but God provides hope for the future. God made a way at tremendous cost to make everything good again. Jesus paid the price. Through Jesus we will be able to stand before God free of blame. In that day God promises, "I am making everything new (Revelation 21:5b)." When you think about it, God is very involved in Earth Day. See you in church!

Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone 608-799-0990.

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