Born Environmentalists

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In the middle of his lecture, Dr. Brewer asked the class if anyone had ever been taught in church about what the Bible has to say about things like taking care of the environment. I bravely found the courage in the rather large class to raise my hand.

My answer: no.

But I then went on to say how I had been reading Genesis lately and had come across these two passages:

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

-Genesis 1:26-28

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.

-Genesis 2:15

For whatever reason, these passages really stuck out to me in an environmentalist kind of way. According to these passages we were made to rule over all the animals. Water, sky, land, and… well… bug. And when you think about it, that’s quite an honor to be placed on one species. I mean, here are thousands of types of animals and God gives us dominance over ALL of them?

And then the fact that God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it definitely cries tree-hugger to me. We see the farmer/environmentalist side of humanity right here in the first two chapters of the whole Bible. And yet, now a’ days when we hear stuff about environmentalists, we get annoyed and flip out about their over-awareness about nature.

Since the beginning of time we were given this job and sometimes we need to be more aware of it. Now I’m not saying that we should just never do anything to environment ever again. Obviously we need to use it in order to do the things we do. We need trees to build houses and gas to run our cars and we need many other natural elements to sustain everyday things in today’s society. But we need to stop and realize that sometimes the cries of environmentalists are more than just a stereotypical megaphone.

It seems that sometimes God gives people a great passion for something in order to help correct us in our mistakes. For example, other than carrots and french fries, I hate vegetables. And when I’m driving home from work, I tend to come across this giant billboard of a girl holding a chicken that states the following:

“Animals are friends, not food.”

My philosophy is a tad bit different:

“Animals are friends and food.”

Yet, instead of getting ticked about this billboard, I can see conviction behind their statement. The way we treat some animals is really crappy. I can only imagine the horrors of a meat factory.

Sometimes these statements come out too harshly or in the wrong way, but hey, we Christians seem to know a lot about that and it’s something we need to work on hardcore.

The most beautiful video game ever created came out a little bit ago and it is entitled “Flower.”

As you move throughout this game, you paint a colourless world with the most vibrant colours any video game has ever seen. As the story line progresses, you find out that as cities have grown, they have been painting the world with ugly shades of grey. And if any of you live in the country and occasionally drive into the city, you might agree on the colour difference. I now live in a smaller city area with quite a bit of country surrounding it and so whenever I drive into the big city, I get so depressed by how much the colour in the area changes.

This video game brings more than great gameplay. It has a message and I believe it is birthed out of the way we were made to be in Genesis. Perhaps it’s time we all take some advice from some geeky video game developers and dig up the environmentalist inside of us.

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