Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Christian Right Should Be The Most Radical Environmentalists Of All

Do any of us have any doubt that we are the most wasteful society in the history of the world?

For those of you who still have ANY doubt that we are the most wasteful group of people that has ever inhabited the planet, go to the link below and watch a 20 minute video entitled "The Story of Stuff":

The hard truth is that we are gluttons and pigs and horrible caretakers of this planet.

But the God of the Bible is the ultimate environmentalist.

You don't believe me? Check this out:

Exodus 23:10-11

"For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove."

Not even the most wacked out liberal environmentalist would suggest making farmers rest their land once every seven years.

But can you say "overfarming"?

Can you say "depletion of the topsoil"?

Perhaps the God of the Bible knew better than us after all.

Check out this next scripture.....

Leviticus 19:19

"Keep my decrees. Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material."

Surely this command must be completely unreasonable!

So no polyester?

No nylon?

No genetic engineering?

No genetically modified food?

Only 100 percent biodegradable clothing for everyone?

No clothing and plastic and other junk filling up our landfills forever and ever?

Perhaps God knew EXACTLY what He was doing after all.

The truth is that God has known exactly what is best for us all along, and when we do our own thing we really, really mess things up.

And the reality is that the God of the Bible is going to judge those who destroy the earth:

Revelation 11:18

"The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth."

So we see that if Christians really believed in the Bible that they would be the most radical environmentalists of all.

The truth is that we all need to repent.

All of us have all sinned over and over and over, and we all stand guilty before the God of the universe.

But the good news is that there is forgiveness, and that forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ:

1 comment:

  1. Traditionally evangelicals ignored the environment because they were told "god would fix it".

    The Assemblies of God, for example, believe Jesus will return to Earth to rule for 1,000 years. So if Jesus is coming back, he'll fix everything.

    This is, of course, a stupid notion.