For some strange reason, many Christians today think that environmentalism is against the gospel and of concern for the church. It bewilders me. Once, my brother in law was talking about buying land in West Virgina because he said that the land was extremely cheap. I told him to be careful where he was buying the land because the mountain top mining was ruining land value in some places. He asked why, and I explained about the drinking water and a couple other things and then said, just make sure you own the top of the mountain. my aunt looked at me and said, “What are you some kind of tree-hugger?” “Well,” I replied “if wanting to drink clean water and keep my land value high is being a tree-hugger, then yes.” We are all Christian and it seems every time we all get together there is some mention of environmentalism in a negative way. I see it in blogs and definitely in the media. Thank you Ann Coulter. What I don’t understand is when did responsibility over become ‘we must destroy’? Ann Coulter has said, “God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that’s the Biblical view.” And many people believe it! My mother in law included. Does anyone read their bible enough to know that God does not command us to ‘rape the planet’? I’m just not sure anymore.
Why does the command to be in charge of the planet suddenly equal destroy the planet? It is very clearly un-biblical. It’s exactley opposite of the progression seen in Scripture.
Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ (NIV)
Leviticus 25:23-24 – The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land. (NIV)
Ezekial 34:2-4 – Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. (NIV)
Isaiah 24:4-6 – The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left. (NIV)
Jeremiah 2:7 – I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. (NIV)
Revelation 11:18 – The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great — and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
I don’t understand how the denial of our responsibility to take care of the earth by Christians can continue to be entertained. It’s ridiculous, it’s un-biblical, and completely twisted. But hey, it sells plenty of books that I hope people will immediately recycle.