The Preacher’s Perspective on Earth Day


When we lived in Manatee County Florida, the Soil Conservation Department invited the area preachers on a tour of the county every Spring.

Most years I attended. I grew up on a farm and enjoyed seeing the local agriculture. The tour was interesting. Plus at noon they fed us a steak dinner with all the trimmings. Hmm, my mind’s a little foggy now, but maybe the steak dinner was the big draw.

Following the meal, we were given materials regarding soil conservation and encouraged to return to our churches and preach on soil conservation from a Biblical perspective. I never did. But as I think back, I could have based on the five points below.

In the ensuing years environmental concerns have gained national attention. From the first “earth day” celebration in 1970 the movement has gained momentum. More and more companies are environmentally conscious. The “Go Green” slogan is familiar to us.

Today is Earth Day. Why should I care about environmental issues? Soil conservation? Pollution? Or the current concerns over “global warming”?

Let me share some Bible principles on stewardship that provide some direction, not only on that issue, but others relating to our lives on planet earth.

(1) God owns everything.

I believe “In the beginning, God created the earth” (Gen. 1:1). King David exclaimed, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Ps. 24:1). The Psalmist proclaimed that the “Mighty One, God, the Lord has spoken…For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills” (Ps 50:1, 10)

God is the creator of the earth. The Provider. The Sustainer. The Owner. It’s His. Not mine!

(2) I am the Manager.

The Bible teaches the principle of Stewardship in all aspects of our lives. Jesus’ parables often used the analogy of a landowner entrusting his servants to take care of his estate. (Matt 25:14-30; Lk. 16:1-13).

We are to be good stewards of our time, talents and treasure. Even our very bodies belong to God (1 Cor 6:18-20). If we approach everything on this earth from the viewpoint it’s all on loan from God, it will impact how we use His blessings.

(3) Stewardship involves a trust. Requires faithfulness. Demands accountability (1 Cor 4:1).

It’s apparent God uses the illustration of stewardship to address our spiritual responsibilities. Yet, if the analogy is accurate, then the physical comparison must be correct.

Environmental issues are not just a concern of the left. Or liberals. Or “tree huggers.” The principle of stewardship implies a proper use of resources. Lack of abuse. Being frugal. Thrifty. Wise.

My parents taught me not be wasteful. To respect property. Not to litter. To take care of my things. While I may not find a specific Bible verse for those life lessons, they are a part of responsible stewardship.

I remember my Uncle Raymond, a life-long farmer, talking about soil conservation. Protecting the land. Rotating his crops. Being productive with the natural resources God gave him. This is good stewardship.

(4) I honor the Owner, not the things owned.

While practicing good stewardship, I must remember the source of my blessings. The glory is directed to God.  Not a tree, Or a tortoise. Or a toad.

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.

(5) The earth will end, but Heaven is eternal.

As my Mom used to say, “ We’re not put here on this earth to live forever.” It’s temporal. Temporary. And one day will terminate in destruction. I believe in global warming. The Bible says at the end of time the earth will be burned up and the elements melt with fervent heat. (2 Pet. 3:10-11)

In the meantime, I will delight in today on planet earth. I will be warmed by its sunshine. Be thankful for the nurturing rain. Eat of its fruit. Be filled with its grain. Enjoy its nourishing vegetables. And yes, even enjoy the animals that God made for both food and for clothing.

Enjoy the earth everyone. It’s good. It’s God blessing to you.

Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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12 responses to “The Preacher’s Perspective on Earth Day

  1. I love the idea of being Earth’s steward. So many people have the attitude that one person can’t make a difference, but I think that we can. Nice post!


  2. Wise words about taking care of the earth while we can. And seeing it as a gift that is on loan, but not something we can own.


  3. sophiebowns

    Some interesting thoughts here! 🙂


  4. RTF

    Very inspiring article. For me, the most compelling reason to practice good stewardship is what Jesus called the second greatest command: Love your neighbor as yourself. One of the most profound lessons that the environmental movement (and the science that supports it) has taught us is that all the earth’s systems are connected: atmosphere, hydrology, soils, the biosphere, etc. If I pollute the waters, the skies, the soil, or the food supply, that affects someone else, somewhere else. If I am inefficient with my fossil fuel burning and pump excess CO2 into the atmosphere, the climate changes somewhere–maybe not in the extreme where I live, but the sea levels will rise somewhere and droughts will worsen somewhere else. Neighbor love requires that I do my best to protect the environmental integrity of the living space of my ‘neighbor.’ I wouldn’t dig up my neighbor’s back yard or poison his well–I shouldn’t pollute the air he breathes or contribute to the warming of his area’s climate either. For me, the idea of neighbor love–more than the Biblically-promised, eventual re-creation of heaven and earth (as in the focus of Point 5 in the article)–inspires me to practice good stewardship.

    Thanks for this timely and encouraging message!


  5. Very nice. It’s like a list poem. I love your spiritual side.


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  9. Thanks for the repost, it is very thought provoking and should make all of us realize that everything belongs to God and we are here to enjoy and care for it. We are to make good use of it’s resourses, not abuse them and be thankful. Appreciate your repost and all your efforts to spread God’s Word!


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