Are you celebrating next Saturday?

 

Happy Earth Day.

I don’t know what you have planned for next Saturday, but don’t drive there. Unless you have a Tesla, your e-bike is your best bet. Avoid all GMO foods – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and go without lights, air conditioning and all-things-comfortable. Forget about flying; paddle a canoe, maybe… but unless you can grab an empty seat on Al Gore’s jet, you’re better off staying where you are and not leaving a carbon footprint.

I’m not “anti. When I used to run every day, I’d pick up trash along the way. We changed our cooling units at home to the high-efficiency versions, and we recycle. I’m not anti…

Saturday marks the 52nd Earth Day. I confess: I don’t plan to attend any rallies, or sing the Earth Anthem with a passionate choir. The lyrics are less than catchy:

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment / Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise / Now we must resolve to protect her / Show her our love throughout all time / With our gentle hand and touch / We make our home a newborn world. (All to the tune of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.)

I can find no record of any Earth Day celebrations kicking-off with an invocation, directed toward the Creator of the planet. Somehow, His influence and perspective is absent the whole effort, though now the collaboration of over 5000 environmental groups in 184 countries.

What – exactly – is God’s perspective on the Earth? What does He project its future to be? Paul’s inspired answer, from his letter to the Romans: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8:18-24).

The creationEarth, and moreare “groaning,” and “waiting.” There is a future transformation – promised to those who have become children of God – that will have a direct effect on the Creation.

From Peter’s last epistle: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:10-13).

Is the planet showing its age? Are we conscious of the Creation winding-down, and losing its capacity to support – in a healthy manner – the limitless future of our inhabitation?

To those questions, a resoundingYes!” Sin has corrupted everything it touches; the antagonism toward God that began with Adam and Eve and continues today within a fallen race has directly affected everything, including the environment. Groaning and waiting… the solution will not be found in solar farms and farmer’s markets: it awaits a massive reset. God will eliminate the entire, corrupted system, and replace it with “a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells…”

The ultimate solution: in the meantime: “live holy and godly lives as you look forward…”

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6 thoughts on “ Are you celebrating next Saturday?”

  1. Christian Schmidt

    So grateful for your fathering of me, Bob. You have had a giant impact in my life’s direction and effectiveness for the Kingdom.

  2. James Anderson

    Agree! We have allowed new “idols” into our lives and it does not bode well! It’s time for some serious reflection!

  3. Good one! I’m with you and wish many more were. I think God will make the new earth with (or out of much) of the old earth – honestly, even as it is showing a little age, it is amazing because God is amazing.

  4. I have learned through a life of ups and downs that celebrating everyday I am given by my Lord Jesus is something to be for which to be thankful.

    I’ve been on death’s door many times and have been blessed more than I feel I should have been, but God’s grace is something that goes bigger and deeper.

    Once I finally realized that it’s not about earth day or some other day, it’s only about our gracious God the Father “abba” that any celebration can even take place; that’s where and when my joy finally started really being felt. Once I realized that every single day is a celebration then I could really celebrate every day with pure joy. All praise and glory to my Father and my Savior of my life Jesus Christ.

  5. While the activities and choices of those involved in Earth Day are far from our own as Christians, they do reflect a passion toward the preservation of the earth that should find some resonance with Christians: the charge in Genesis 1:28-29 (the creation mandate) directs us to care for the for the flora and fauna of earth. John Calvin himself said, “The earth was given to man, with this condition, that he should occupy himself in its cultivation. …Let him who possesses a field, so partake of its yearly fruits, that he may not suffer the ground to be injured by his negligence; but let him endeavor to hand it down to posterity as he received it, or even better cultivated.” (Commentary on Genesis v.2:15)

    I wonder if there is an opportunity to connect with Earth-supporters and declare to them the true name and nature of that which they have “worshipped in ignorance”. We should be careful not to let sarcasm about their perspective so color our perspective that it preclude any opportunity for discourse which made lead to their salvation. What we practice in private can often lead to what we perform in public.

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