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As Christians, we’re told to take care of our bodies because they hold our spirit, the very temple of God. We’re told this because we were created and molded into the very image of God. Staying healthy, and respecting your body is seen as a type of worship to God. However, until recently we haven’t seen “The Creation” under the same level of respect and care. Here are some of the unfortunate facts.
Looking after the creation shouldn’t just be the responsibility of the secular world or any other groups that are pushing more agendas behind it. As benefactors of this great civilization in the West, we should feel urged to do what little we can do to avoid poisoning our rivers, endangering more species, and polluting the Ozone layer. We have a strong Christian responsibility to care for the earth and every part of creation. We also have a very biblically aligned Christian responsibility to care for each other in the world, our neighbors in other countries, and the beautiful animals God created. Stewardship of a clean, beautiful Earth so that the next generations of Christians and children of God can enjoy should be a principle everyone can follow.
Let us promote care and love for our neighbors in other countries, especially outside of the West. We need to reduce as much suffering as humanely and economically possible. Millions perish every year due to pollution. Environmental degradation can lead to poisonous rivers that destroy local ecosystems and encourage even more destruction of habitat. Christians are called to rule over creation as God’s image-bearers on earth, reflecting the character and self-sacrificial rule of God. As we still live in a fallen Earth, we’re sure God grieves with us when we lose a precious species to extinction. God gives us hope, however. In Revelation 21 and Isaiah 35, the Bible speaks of the ultimate restoration of the heavens and the earth. The language emphasizes being made new, as a person is made new when he or she becomes a Christian. We can look forward, in faith, to broken things being made whole again.
I grew up as a lapsed Catholic, and I went through a very confusing atheist phase through my teenage and early adult life. I couldn’t make sense of the Christian worldview and it’s philosophical claims to truth. However, I was always an avid hiker, explorer, and traveler. God speaks to us in many ways and reveals his promises through suffering, joy, tribulation, and creation. For me, it was always incredible that in the vastness of the universe, Earth had been made so beautifully and incredibly positioned to just be purposeless and indifferent. It was in the admiration of a beautiful world that God began to water the seeds of my coming to faith. I said that, to say this: Earth is one of the greatest revelations of a good and loving Father.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is filled with instructions on how we can demonstrate our love for the Creator by caring for the earth. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden teach us the importance of physical work in relation to discovering fulfillment and a sense of human purpose, the prophet Daniel calls us to question our dietary habits, and the story of Noah addresses key issues for life on earth. However, we must be very careful to always worship the creator, not the creation. Keeping the creation clean because it is a creation and gift from God.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it;
let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy
before the LORD when he comes,
when he comes to judge the earth. Psalm 96
At our small but growing company, we’re doing everything we can do from our part. We aren’t naive to the fact that historically, the clothing industry has negatively impacted Earth. We believe in being an eco-friendly clothing company and giving back 1% of our pre-profit sales to a mission that aligns with our values.