With the coming of Spring, we look forward to the return of green grass, blooming flowers, and blossoming trees. We are reminded of the incredible world that God has created for us. How do we relate to this world?
From an evolutionary point of view, humanity is just another species with no particular value over any other species. The Earth is the only thing that sustains us; therefore, the most important thing for our existence is the Earth, resulting in our “devotion” to it. Environmentalism becomes a religion of sorts. Some Christians view environmentalism as anti-Christian.
Christians believe that humanity holds a very special place in creation. We are the only species created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 28). We have been given dominion over the Earth to subdue it. Some Christians take this to mean that we may use this Earth primarily for our benefit and profit. If you add to this the belief that the Earth will end soon and will be purged by fire, there is really no need for any great environmental concern.
There is no doubt that we are created in the image of God, and we do hold a special place in creation. We have been given dominion, and with that dominion comes responsibility and stewardship. We are the only species with the power to destroy this Earth. Revelation 11:18 warns that God will destroy those who destroy the Earth. As Christians, we also have a responsibility to protect the animals entrusted to our care (Gen 1:26). The purity of our water and air is our responsibility. The effects of pollution and garbage are now worldwide. Yes, I can be a balanced environmentalist and a Christian. As we look forward to Jesus’ soon coming, may we hear Him say: “Well done thou good and faithful steward!”