The Earth is the Lord’s – Part Two

“The earth is the Lord’s…” Psalm 24:1 (NRSV)

 

 

Oakwood Metro Park

Oakwood Metro Park

A good Biblical understanding of creation is “the earth is the Lord’s” therefore it is wrong to abuse it.  Happily more people and especially more families are helping their children to rediscover that people were created in the image of God and that this earth and its other inhabitants belong to Him!  The Bible motivates us to teach these truths to our families and not a political agenda or celebrity.  Therefore when polls change and celebrities find new causes, the Body of Christ will still be caring for the earth for the glory of God!

What does that look like in a practically?  For starters, I would suggest, familiarize yourself with what the Bible says about the creation.  Start with Genesis chapters one and two, Leviticus 25:1-7, Deuteronomy 22:6-7, Psalm 104, 65:5-13, Revelation 7:2-3 for starters.  Read the Bible with an eye for God’s pleasure in creation.

Know what Christians from other generations have said about the creation.  We can learn from their wisdom.

“Let him who possesses a field, so partake of its yearly fruits, so that he may not suffer the ground to be injured by his negligence; but let him endeavor to hand it down to posterity as he received it. … Let everyone regard himself as the steward of God in all things which he possesses.” John Calvin

Secondly, enjoy creation.  Yesterday, I spent some time with a wonderful lady in the hospital.  Together we talked, laughed and cried.  I walked to the window of her room and called her name and said “Look at the colors in the trees.”  A dying woman forgot her care as we wordlessly enjoyed the splendor before our eyes.  Take a walk, study a tree, a flower, a bee, hold some dirt in your hand and imagine how your life is blessed by our Heavenly Father who created all this beautifully but also critically important to our lives.

Third, teach your children about creation from a Biblical point of view.  Use the word creation.  Help them to understand that God created the earth.  There are those who make environmentalism pagan and others who want to use environmentalism to gather power to themselves.  If our children are to be prepared we must teach them that Christ is our Savior, Creator and Sustainer!

Fourth, your home is a little piece of heaven.  Your home represents the Kingdom of God.  It’s a municipality of heaven, take care of it.  It may be a high rise apartment, a condo or a house with a lawn but we can all take care of creation by reducing, recycling, reusing, and rejoicing in this beautiful world.  “So you will go out with joy … The mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees in the fields will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 (NCV)

Fifth, be involved locally in politics and community efforts.  Attend the zoning board meetings, read the business section of the newspaper.  Who wants to do business in our community?  What impact will they have environmentally?  What impact will their business have on the life of a community?

Finally, if you have the desire and the time, participate in some environmental organization locally.  These organizations need our witness as we participate in the name of Christ.  Really, because “The earth is the Lord’s.”

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