Over the past several months, I’ve pondered what implications the Christian walk should have on an Eco Friendly lifestyle and vice versa. What does God think about the time and effort I’ve put into writing this blog, researching healthier product swaps, and my striving to care for the Earth and the people in it? Will I get to heaven and find that I’ve wasted my life on earthly things that aren’t going to matter for eternity, or perhaps, just maybe, does it actually reflect a tiny bit of the heartbeat of the One who created it all?
I keep asking God if I should quit. Yet each time I’ve asked, I can feel my heart settle into peace, and I’m reminded that I’m His daughter. He longs to give good gifts to His children, and I feel the pleasure of Father God smiling down on me, like a sweet daddy watching his little girl delight in the gifts that He has given her.
The worries fall away, and I’m reminded of these verses:
- Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” The Earth being a place of beauty was God’s idea, not man’s. He created a perfect world, full of thriving ecosystems and intricate creatures, and He declared that it was good. The Earth was valued deeply, and original mankind was tasked with the job of caring for the planet, including plants and animals.
- Proverbs 31:10 “A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” This passage continues to describe a godly woman who works hard to bring good, not harm, to her family. She stays up late working for her household (her home environment), she creates things with her hands, she cares deeply for others, she buys and sells and makes wise, healthy choices that benefit those around her. The passage ends by saying, “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” This tells me that while the ‘ins and outs’ of running a healthy household may not often be considered glorious, it is very possible to do all these things and also fear the Lord. One does not disqualify the other.
- Matthew 13:31 “He told them this parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.“” So many parables and teachings of Jesus included references to nature. Seriously, so many.
- Job 38:1-4 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? …. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” Our God is mighty, and His wisdom is higher than our wisdom. Do you think it’s a coincidence that God created the world as He did, where plants naturally biodegrade and eventually turn back to dust? Where compost miraculously fertilizes new life? Where dead matter decomposes and specific micro-organisms aid in that process?
When a culture adheres to the laws God gave us for how to govern human life, societal blessings generally follow, because God’s plan just works better. Similarly, I believe that choosing to care for our environment yields real blessings to our overall health and to our souls.
- Psalm 19:1-3 “The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” Somehow, God created the Earth to point back to Him. It teaches us about His nature, His vastness, His creativity, His wisdom, and as we learn to observe His handiwork, we are propelled into worship.
So what’s my point, exactly? While I’m NOT claiming that Eco Friendly living is the central theme of Scripture (Jesus alone stars in that role), I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that God cares deeply about the planet.
He created it and breathed the galaxies into existence. Of course He cares about it! So take care of the Earth, take care of your body, the lives of the people around you, and the creatures you encounter.
Walk in a way that respects the natural world, and as you care for the environment, allow it to inspire a heart of worship for the God who made it.
Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts – I’d love to hear reflections from others as well!