3. Don’t Get Wrapped Up in Politics
When researching this article, I found a Christian response to environmentalism that was essentially “you could support people protecting the planet, but what about [equally important but completely unrelated issue]??” This red herring type of argument is unfortunately common, and I don’t doubt there’s someone reading this article who is thinking of many other important issues that I should be writing about instead. And it’s true – there are a lot of crucial needs out there! But that shouldn’t negate the need for a clean, healthy planet.
Christian, I wouldn’t presume to tell you how to feel about political issues, but know that caring for the planet and being a good steward of nature doesn’t make you anything but a good human. You don’t have to revoke any political beliefs or join the Green Party to care about nature.
That being said, there are a lot of environmental groups that fall all over the political spectrum, and it’s true that some may support other secondary issues that you disagree with, or that are unbiblical. You don’t have to support those groups to support the environment. Just do what you can to make your corner of the planet greener and healthier, and vote or buy products in whichever way seems best to you.
Don’t neglect this last step! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray constantly, and that means we can talk to God about just about anything. Some great ways to implement this, as it relates to environmentalism, are:
- Take a nature walk somewhere beautiful and pray about what you see. Praise God and thank Him for the beauty found in nature.
- Take a nature walk in a place that is struggling, and pray that God would bring restoration. Ask Him too to open your eyes to the ways you can help clean up the area.
- Pray for your elected officials, that they would take solid steps to creating a greener, healthier neighborhood and world.
- Pray for places impacted by disasters. Pray that God would protect the folks living there, and bring swift relief to them.
- Pray for endangered animals. Pray that God would protect them and help them to flourish and thrive. Pray for the humans who are working to protect these animals. If you have kids, or are just interested in animals yourself, maybe pick a few creatures off the list to research and pray specifically for.
This world is our home for now, but while we eagerly anticipate eternity with Christ, we should not neglect our time here on earth. God spent seven days creating the tallest mountains and the smallest atoms. He knows how many grains of sand are on every beach and he keeps watch over the sparrows. God cares about nature.
This world and all its beauty is a gift! And we are called to steward it well. How can you bring glory to God in your efforts at conservation and environmentalism?
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