Earth Day in Perspective
Last week, March 22nd held the yearly celebration of Earth Day. It is a day meant to remind us to take care of the land for the future of our children and our children's children. However, it isn't just a once a year wish from whoever designates holidays, it is a command from God.
Genesis chapter one tells us the story of creation and of the very first command given to the human population. Even if it was just a population of two at the time. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Gen.1:27-28"
Within the first moments of creation, we as mankind were tasked with the care of oceans, fields, forests, sky, and all the creatures they contain. It is the first command to mankind and it one we should never neglect. We take care of the earth out of a sense of duty but also one of pride. We take pride in showing the glory and goodness of the one true king in the majesties he has created.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...and it was good"
God created everything and it was good. His creation itself testifies to his glory and goodness for how could something so complex and beautiful be left up to chance.