Dear Conservatives: Please consider conservation.
Dear Christians, Every day is Earth Day. “In You all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). “The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19).
The Hebrew word Adam means earthling or human, of adamah, the earth, humus. God formed us of the dust of the ground. No wonder children enjoy playing in sand or dirt, making mud-pies or molding clay. God created planet Earth, one in billions, perfectly suited for us. God gave humans a garden home. The word garden in Hebrew and other languages relates to guarding and protecting such as with a hedge or fence. There have to be limits or we end up like the kids in Lord of the Flies. When we forget we’re not God we end up mud-slinging, trashing God’s creation, wasting resources, grabbing more than we need while others starve.
Most of God’s encounters with people we read about in the Bible took place outdoors. People who live longest and healthiest are those who get outdoors most.
Read this book. Check out this magazine or some of these websites: New Community Project, Blessed Earth, A Rocha, The Ausable Institute, The Evangelical Environmental Network, Christians for the Mountains, Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation, Interfaith Power and Light.