Here’s an Earth Day idea for you.

Here’s an Earth Day idea for you. Paul Hawkens in his “green” book, Blessed Unrest, tells of an old rabbinical teaching that if we hear that the world is ending and the Messiah is coming, we must first plant a tree and then go and determine if the story is true or not. For Seventh-day Adventists, who champion God’s creation memorial and who celebrate the return of the Creator, planting a tree isn’t such a bad idea, is it?

For millennia now our creation has suffered deeply under the effects of our very human rebellion. “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. . . . We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now” (Romans 8:19, 22). Can you imagine the latent longing within the natural world for the promised deliverance? But until then, how shall we live, we Sabbath-keepers of the Creator’s flame?

We could begin by eating green—that’s right, vegetarianism would diminish the number of animals raised and killed for consumption, and thus reduce the one-fifth of earth’s greenhouse gases livestock produce! We can turn off the lights in the rooms we exit. We could inflate our tires and save 2 billion gallons of gas a year, some say. We could shorten our showers by two minutes, saving twelve gallons of water. We could recycle. We could save a few trees by skipping the receipts at ATMs and gas pumps, saving by one estimate 3 billion feet of paper. We could use our own thermos bottles and quit drinking bottled water, since a one liter bottle requires 5 liters of water to cool the plastic, thus resulting in six liters of water for each bottle! Lists of “green” or environmentally friendly ways to live (like these from Ashleigh Burtnett in the Student Movement here at the university) are all over the web, and you can make your own.

The point? As Creator-worshiping, Sabbath-keeping, nature-preserving friends of Jesus, shouldn’t we be at the forefront of ecological conservation and environmental care and protection? Truth be known, God himself planted a tree once upon a time to save this creation. “To the death of Christ we owe even this earthly life. The bread [our farmland] we eat is the purchase of His broken body. The water [our rivers, streams] we drink is bought by His spilled blood. . . . The cross of Calvary is stamped on every loaf. It is reflected in every water spring” (DA 660). Given the infinite cost of planting that tree, we must join him in saving his creation. Don’t you agree?

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Thanks Dwight, This resonates with me very well. A few years ago I started the "green" chapter in my life. Soon after I realized that God's intended "economy" for His creation was indeed "green". The "green" mindset as you mentioned is very much aligned with the Adventist worldview. However, I wish that more of us would practice it! Dear brother, continue to preach the Word! Take care and God bless. In His Service, EJ Hendrix (In South Korea)

Dwight, Some time ago you refered to 1 Cor. 4:9 in a sermon. You mentioned that it refered to aLL believers. Actually, Paul used the phrase "us the apostles" in verse 9. So, when he uses "we" 8-9 times in verses 8-13, he is refering to ONLY himself and the other apostles. Of course, elsewhere in the NT all believers do go through the things Paul mentioned in 1 Cor. 4:9-13 BUT in these particular verses he is talking about onlhy the apostles. Bill Mead john17.3@roadrunner.com

Dwight, Some time ago you refered to 1 Cor. 4:9 in a sermon. You mentioned that it refered to aLL believers. Actually, Paul used the phrase “us the apostles” in verse 9. So, when he uses “we” 8-9 times in verses 8-13, he is refering to ONLY himself and the other apostles. Of course, elsewhere in the NT all believers do go through the things Paul mentioned in 1 Cor. 4:9-13 BUT in these particular verses he is talking about onlhy the apostles. Bill Mead john17.3@roadrunner.com Leave a Reply

I'm thankful that from the very beginning God set our planet up for us. For our enjoyment and well being. The plants and the animals where the joy of our first parents. They were set in charge of the care on it. God set them in a beautiful garden that they could work in with great joy and if possible add to it's beauty. All this with out the curse of sin. Had they not sinned, they would have continued in thier happiness caring for the earth and animals. Man was the "Head" of God's creation. As "True Believers" of creation, it is our privelage to carry on the care of God's creation even this far into a sinful world. There is a text I read once, of course now I can't find it, but it basicaly said that God would destroy he who destroys the earth. We honor our Creator by carrying for the planet that he gave us. We know it will be made a new and Adam will once again see his home even more beautiful that when it was first given to him. We will have our on gardens. Our work in them will lead to rest in our souls. I'm looking forward to it. Yes, it is our true duty to care for this planet in every way possible.

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