Happy Earth Day 2009

It's Easy Being GreenEvery year we make New Year’s Resolutions when the calendar changes, because we want to do something to improve our lives. Well I say let’s do the same thing on Earth Day. But instead of doing something to improve your life why not doing something that will help improve the life of our planet. One great resource to learn how to do something is by reading the book It’s Easy Being Green: One Student’s Guide to Serving God and Saving the Planet by Emma Sleeth or by checking out the website Blessed Earth: Serving God, Saving the Planet, which is a site that “inspires and equips faith communities to become better stewards of the earth.”

I believe that as a Christ-follower we are supposed to care for all of God’s creation and I think that there are a lot of things that we could do better. For the past two years my wife and I have made a decision that we will recycle more, reduce our waste and reuse what we can. I hardly ever drink water from non-reusable bottles bought in stores and instead bought a bottle that I keep in the fridge and fill up from our tap water. That way there is less plastic bottles having to be made even though we would recycle them anyway.

I do not necessarily believe in global warming, but I see how it could possible be happening. My main goal in wanting to be more green is because I believe that we need to be much better stewards of our planet then we have been and I believe that it is something that God has called us to do.

Genesis 1:28

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

God has given us the planet to take care of and we need to ask ourselves if we are really doing the best job with it that we can and should be doing. We need to remember that it doesn’t belong to us. It has just been given to us to be cared for.

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;

And so we need to ask ourselves what will God say when he comes back to reclaim the planet? Will he say….

Matthew 25:23

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Or will He say….

Matthew 25:26-30

“You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“Take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For those who have will be given more, and they will have an abundance. As for those who do not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

I hope he says the former rather then the later. It really is easy being green and it will help you save lots of “green” in the long run. So go on out there and make a resolution to become more environmentally conscious.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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