Save the Earth?
Today is Earth Day. According to Wikipedia, “Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.” I agree men and women should be good stewards of this planet. After all, the first two people on this earth were assigned to take care of the Garden of Eden.
Unfortunately, green activism has grown to ridiculous levels. While staying in hotel rooms, I’ve noticed signs encouraging guests to conserve vital resources such as water. By doing so we can supposedly “save our planet.”
The Bible repeatedly reminds us God made the earth. He made sure it has plenty of natural resources. Psalm 65:9 says, “You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it.” It also says in Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever.” The earth is not in danger of dying. Yet, there are so-called experts claiming global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, melting polar ice caps, and causing other calamities.
Last weekend, the Twin Cities area in Minnesota received over a foot of snow…in mid-April! For many days we experienced below normal temperatures. You’d think weather like that would dispel beliefs in a global warming gospel. Instead, some environmentalists now call it “climate change.” l believe in climate change. That’s been happening since creation.
Environmentalists should be more concerned with men being saved from eternal damnation. Colossians 3:2 commands, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” One time I witnessed to a Greenpeace activist who wouldn't receive a tract because he wanted to “save the trees.” Nikos still heard the gospel from me and prayed to get saved. After finding out he didn't have a Bible, I offered him one. Nikos willingly received the Bible, which used far more paper than the gospel tract.
When the Lord returns, He Himself will purify this planet from any harmful effects caused by man. 2 Peter 3:10 says, “...the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” Following the millennial reign of Christ and Judgment Day, Revelation 21:1 says there will be “...a new heaven and a new earth.”
If your life ended right now, would you be ready to face “the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth”? (Isaiah 40:28) He won’t ask if you had saved trees, oceans, whales or other endangered species but if your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life. From an eternal perspective, your soul is the most important thing worth saving.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” - Isaiah 65:17