I’ve done a lot of teaching and promoting lately for this whole green/eco-friendly movement. My hope is that the church universal will keep up with the rest of the world. It’s well past time for us to jump on the bandwagon. This isn’t something just for hippies or “tree-huggers.” It is also a command that Elohim gave to mankind.
The first job (or command) that God gave for man to do was that of a gardener. Genesis 2:15 says that God placed man in the garden to work it and to watch over it. Man was to put the earth to work, to cultivate it and enjoy the produce. But he was also to take care of it, tend to it, serve it. This was the first command given to man. After the blessing to be fruitful and multiply, man was told to subdue the earth and rule over it. In other words, put it to work but treat it well.
The same applies to us today. All humanity has been given the freedom to use the resources given to us by our Creator, but as we know, great freedom requires great responsibility.
Is global warming real or not? I don’t care.
Are we on track to destroy all life on the planet? I don’t know.
Is anything going to go terribly wrong if I forget to recycle a plastic bottle? I don’t know.
But what I do know is that God has given all humanity the commission to work and watch over the earth. That’s motive enough for me. That command lets me know that I should take care of what YHWH has created no matter what. I hope it’s motivation for you as well…
You will be happy to know your parents are recycling now! What a difference it makes in our actual trash trash. We were amazed at how much recyclable stuff we use.
The care and keeping of this beautiful world God gave us has always been a challenge for man.