Green for God

Today is going to be a little bit different. Not using BibleGateway’s verse of the day – I’m going to talk about what’s on my heart.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)

I saw something on Facebook this morning that I want to be a part of. It’s called Project 8, by a group of crafty people called Craft Hope. I believe in helping keep our world clean. It’s not because I love animals, but because I think it helps. Going green shouldn’t be a fad (I will say that I’m happy it is, its gaining popularity and making people act differently). I believe that God likes the idea of ‘going green’.

I believe its part of something we are called to do. God put Adam and Even in charge of the earth, there in Gen 2:15. Genesis 1:28 says that we are put in charge of all the animals and the land. God created them and God loves his creation. All of his creation. Hello!?: God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31. God saw this and said it was good. He wouldn’t call something good if He didn’t like it.

When you throw trash out of your car window, when you hurt animals, when you don’t care about things like the gulf oil spill, or even as simple as thinking people are dumb for using reusable bags, I firmly believe God doesn’t look at that as righteous behavior. I believe it makes Him happy when His earth is happy. It’s all his anyway: Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11. See? His. Why do we think we have the right to dirty up His stuff?

I’ve always been an animal lover. When I was a kid I wore the shirts with animals on them from the zoo. I lived in Hattiesburg and I thought Kamper Park was my zoo full of my pets. We literally went once a week. My mom would look at the same things over and over and I would just light up when I saw the same animals. I remember her taking me to the Jackson Zoo – we saw a baby hippo. I mean, BABY. It was like 2 days old. It was all wrinkly still and not too cute. My mom slipped up and said, “Gosh, that baby hippo is ugly.” Do you know what came out of my small 6 year old mouth? “Well, mom, I bet his mama think’s he’s pretty. Some people may say I’m ugly, but you don’t think that, do you?” I had a point. I think back now, and perhaps God is the same way.

He loves His creation. We should too. Still don’t believe me? Check out these verses:

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord.” (Psalm 96:11-13)

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)

This is why God loves his creation. Because it loves him back.

Why don’t we take care of what God has given us? If you litter: quit. If you can use reusable bags at the grocery store: use them. If you can help the planet by turning off lights in your house when you aren’t using them: shut them down.

Christians should make a difference, not just in peoples lives, but in the earth that we have been given as well.

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