I know far too many people who dismiss anything remotely related to environmentalism, simply because it tends to be a “left-wing issue” and lends itself to extremism. Environmentalism can get out of hand quickly, leading to conclusions that I disagree with (animals are more important that people, the earth would be better off without people in it, etc.). However, there is no need for nature worship or human-hating in order to care for and nurture the earth.
Even with all the brokenness, God has given us a beautiful world. Let’s do what we can to preserve and cultivate it for good.
|Columbia Gorge, Oregon|
|Bellingham Bay, Washington|
|Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois|
|Petrified National Forest, Arizona|
|Rocky Mountains, Colorado|
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
…God blessed [Adam and Eve] and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.…” And it was so.
…The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Excerpts from Genesis 1 and 2)