For the last year and a half I’ve been running the kids program (KidsQuest) at my church on Sunday mornings. I love the opportunities it’s given me to interact with incredible kids, share my desire to follow Christ with those kids and to learn more about what it means to follow Christ myself along the way! In the Spring I felt challenged to talk about the environment during KidsQuest time. So often I feel that KidsQuest lessons emphasize ‘spiritual things’ like prayer, reading the bible and memorizing scripture (ALL good things!!) but neglect to touch on some really tangible things that being a Christian involves- loving people, seeing needs and meeting them and caring about the environment!
I did some research online to find out what the Bible has to say about the relationship between being a Christian and the environment and as it turns out, the Bible has a LOT to say on the topic! God created the Earth and everything in it and said “it is good”. When he created man and woman he gave them dominion over His good creation- the birds of the air and the animals of the land (Genesis 1:1-2:4). The word dominion doesn’t mean ‘to dominate’, rather it means ‘to take responsibility for’, just as a ruler would be responsible to assure the well-being of those in his/her realm. If that’s true then taking care of the earth isn’t just a nice idea, or something christians should care about once a year on Earth Day. Taking care of the earth is something really important because God has commanded us to do it!
Wow! Growing up I didn’t realize that how I treated the earth had anything to do with my relationship with God. And, if I’m being honest, I definitely haven’t done a good job of taking care of the earth. Out of laziness I’ve taken Ziplock bags to work, used plastic grocery bags, plastic water bottles, taken too-long showers, driven places I could have walked to and I’ve even put plastic garbage in the green-bin from time to time. YIKES! In that way, not only have I failed at my God-given responsibility to take care of the earth, I’ve also failed to “love my neighbour as myself”. When I choose to be lazy I’m choosing not to love those people who are most affected by the effects of global warming, I’m choosing not to love those people who live near landfills, I’m choosing not to love those people who derive their income from the land/ocean and I’m choosing not to love those people who have to wear face masks due to air pollution.
The KidsQuest kids LOVED learning about the environment and their responsibility to take care of it! As a culminating activity we took the kids on a “field trip” to a local pond to pick up garbage and to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation (and some popsicles, obvi)!
Why don't you think about ONE thing you can do to reduce your FOOTPRINT on the Earth? Every little bit makes a difference!!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,