Today, if you forgot, is Earth Day. I hope you remembered. It's a day to celebrate and do what we can to help the environment. I hear a lot of Chrisitans with the attitude like, "Who cares about Earth Day? We aren't going to live on earth forever." The world is going to burn up in the second judgment so why should I care or be concerned about Earth Day?
In Genesis 1:28 says, "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" Genesis 2:15, "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."
In Revelation, we see that heaven is going to come down to earth. John says in Revelation 21:1-ff, "I then saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, come down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'" More and more Biblical scholars are seeing God and heaven coming down to earth. The curse has been broken. It is the perfect Garden of Eden once again.
What do you believe? Do you think Earth Day is important? Why or why not? What can we do to make a difference on Earth Day? Have you or your church done anything to be more enviornmentally friendly (to use the terminology of today)? Have you heard any Earth Day sermons? If we don't hear enough earthday sermons? Why? Is there anything that you can teach your children or any traditions that you and your family can do for Earth Day? How can church leaders stress the importance of Earth Day more to their congregations? Are their any traditions or rituals that they can start to make Earth Day more important and be an example for the community? Does it seem that non-Chrisitans or the "un-churched" do more for Earth Day? Why? Shouldn't Christians set the example for the world? Is Earth Day just a load of hogwash? Is Earth Day just another way for "tree huggers" to exert liberal beliefs?
Should Earth Day not be a day for helping the earth so much as it should be a call to remember Adam's responsibilities?
What do you think?
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