Today at Trinity, we recognized Earth Day or as we would like to call it, Creation Care Day. While there are a number of reasons why individuals around the world take part in Earth Day, we at Trinity want to first and foremost celebrate our Creator God, who purposefully designed the beautiful planet that we live on. When God stopped to admire His creation when He was finished, He concluded that, “It was very good.”
As His image bearers, we were asked by God to take care of the Earth for Him. This is certainly a big task, but one that should be taken seriously since God entrusted us with it. The late Reverend Billy Graham was asked why we as Christians should be concerned about the environment and concluded:
“It isn’t just because of the dangers we face from pollution, climate change, or other environmental problems—although these are serious. For Christians, the issue is much deeper: We know that God created the world, and it belongs to Him, not us. Because of this, we are only stewards or trustees of God’s creation, and we aren’t to abuse or neglect it. The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).
When we fail to see the world as God’s creation, we will end up abusing it. Selfishness and greed take over, and we end up not caring about the environment or the problems we’re creating for future generations.”
Here are some other verses that speak to us about Caring for His Creation.
As you can see, God has a lot to say about His Creation and thinks very highly of it. Out of this love for God and our neighbour, we want to do all we can to care for God’s creation. This is why we are asking students and staff to participate in a Create Care Challenge over the next few days. Please see the section below for more details of what this can look like.
Here’s a closing thought: While we should never elevate the Creation over the Creator, we can show how much we care for the Creator by taking care of His Creation well.