How Did You Celebrate Earth Day?

What did you do on Earth Day?  Anything special?  Ah, don’t tell me you missed it?!  It was yesterday.  Sunday, April 22.  Well, it was an important day for me.  Let me tell you what I did. 

I went to the web site www.earthday.org and read about their environmental concerns.  Their home page says, ”Our planet, our home is being neglected. Climate change continues unabated. It seems there’s a new ecological disaster happening almost daily. This Earth Day it’s time to mobilize the planet from the ground up to send a message that the Earth won’t wait! 

I read about the first earth day on April 22, 1970.  About their activities.  About their leadership.  And causes they are promoting. I’m not sure of the spiritual or religious persuasion of those heavily involved in earth day, if any,  so I will not make any assertions.  I read a couple of blogs that charged earth day advocates with paganism and worshiping the earth.  I seriously doubt that is a fair characterization of everyone concerned about the environment. 

However, it does seem to me that there is an inordinate concern over this temporary place we called earth.  Don’t get me wrong!  We recycle.  I believe we should be good stewards of our resources.  I was taught as a kid, “waste not, want not.”  But as my Mom used to say, “We’re not put on this earth to live forever!”  Earth is a temporary dwelling place, as we journey to our permanent home–Heaven. 

So, the most important thing I did on earth day was worship the God who made the earth! 

The Bible has a lot to say about the earth.  God created the earth (Gen. 1:1). As the Psalmist exclaimed, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps 24:1). In fact, not only the inhabitants worship but the earth itself is pictured as quaking in the presence of its Maker.  “Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!  Tremble before Him, all the earth” (Ps 96:9) . 

Psalm 148 metaphorically depicts the earth and the cosmos praising the Creator. The sun. The moon. The stars.  The fish of the sea.  The beasts of the field. The birds of the air.  They all praise God.  And exalt His holy name. 

There was a sad time in history when people worshiped and served creation instead of the Creator (Rom. 1:18-25).  The apostle Paul said this misplaced adulation led to sinful pride, ungodly attitudes, immoral actions and perverted, unnatural behavior.  Hmmm, kinda ironic, isn’t it?

One writer said every day ought to be earth day.  I agree!  Every day let’s thank God for this world in which we live.  Let’s appreciate it.  Enjoy it!  And be good stewards of our Father’s benevolent blessings.  

So, as I live on this earth, I will be warmed by its sunshine.  And be thankful for the nourishing rain.  I will eat of its fruit. And the grain.  And the vegetables.  And yes, even the animals that God gave us not only for food, but for clothing.  

Earth’s bounty. It’s all good.  It’s all from God.  Enjoy “earth day” everyone! 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman 

Two Questions: What are your thoughts about “earth day?”  And what is your perspective as a Christian regarding environmental issues?

5 Comments

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5 responses to “How Did You Celebrate Earth Day?

  1. Bill

    Mattie and Roy taught you well. How do you place a “Talent” value on God’s creation? Certainly every Christian has stewardship responsibility for that which God has given us charge.

  2. Tom Thornhill Sr

    ken,
    You make some good points. I observed earth day as you did and each morning think God for allowing me to enjoy the beauty and the benefits of His creation for the present, but I look for the “new heavens and new earth” in the liufe to come.
    brotherly, Tommy

  3. Rich Walker

    Ken, well said! In fact, there’s nothing more to be said or added. Nice blog.

  4. Ken Green

    Great post. I have neighbors, professors at Vanderbilt, who have a bumper sticker on their cars, “Stop Continental Drift!” I don’t know if it’s supposed to be a joke or what.

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