Taking a stand for the preservation of animals is a good thing. Tending to nature and this island home we call Earth is a good thing. Both are essential to the Christian faith — and have been ever since Genesis 1. God created the earth and all that is in it and called it “good”, and gave humanity the task of caring for it. It is a good thing to remember that we often fall short of this responsibility.
It is also a good thing to remember what Jesus did to set things right again. Reflecting on His self-sacrifice on our behalf, His death on the cross, and the power of His resurrection is appropriate at all times and especially at this time of year as we approach Easter.
This however is not a good thing:
“On the day we mark the crucifixion of Christ, let us remember that when Earth is degraded and species go extinct, a part of God’s body experiences a different type of crucifixion, and another way of seeing and experiencing God is diminished.” – Earth Day 2011 at TEC
When a church that represents itself as Christian pre-empts Good Friday’s memorial of our salvation for a ‘word from Earth Day’… when it promotes the belief that planet Earth is “part of God’s body”, or that one “sees God” in creation… it is no longer teaching the faith as received by the apostles from Jesus Christ. Such beliefs may be ‘religious’ but they are not Christian. Causing a species to go extinct is a slap in God’s face, but it doesn’t diminish God in any way. It diminishes us.
We worship the Creator when we care for His Creation. Let us treasure the gift and love the Giver.