What Does the Bible Say About Taking Care of the Environment?
Hey, have you heard? The polar ice caps are melting! We're all going to drown! Aaaahhh! Wait, God already said He wasn't going to do that again (Genesis 9:11). But the consumer-driven church still gets sucked into phony environmentalism, which has been branded "Creation Care."
Zondervan has published the Green Bible, which teaches us how... creation cares for us? That's panentheism! The forward was written by an Anglican priest who says there are parts of the Bible we need to ignore. (So did Zondervan remove those parts from their Bible?) The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) has spearheaded a national "What Would Jesus Drive?" effort.
Rick Warren along with nearly 100 evangelical leaders and about 40 Christian college presidents called for federal legislation to reduce CO2 emissions because that's loving your neighbor. According to the book, The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America (pg. 195):
This same group's Evangelical Climate Initiative began running television and radio ads, stating: "As Christians, our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbors and to be stewards of God's creation. The good news is that with God's help, we can stop global warming for our kids, our world, and for the Lord."Uh, God is the one who cursed creation! He subjected all things to futility because of the sinfulness of mankind. But "the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God," at the return of Jesus (Romans 8:20-21).
God has a plan "for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and on earth" (Ephesians 1:10). He will wipe away every tear and death shall be no more (Revelation 21:4). But you cannot reverse the effects of Creation's decline. Who can straighten what God has made crooked? (Ecclesiastes 7:13)
God told mankind to have dominion over all creation, to fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28). That includes treasuring our resources and respecting all living creatures, there are verses about that (Proverbs 12:10-11). But the only global warming the world needs to be concerned about is the fire of God being stored up for the day of judgment and the destruction of the ungodly!
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:5-7)Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, when we understand the text!