Loving God = Loving God’s Creation
April 22nd marks Earth Day but in reality every day should be a day we consider the earth. Being a Christian is about loving God, central to loving God is loving all that God has created. As Christians we usually remember that “loving thy neighbor” is central to practicing our faith but we often forget the rest of God’s creation.
A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from a journalist asking about my involvement and interest in environmental issues from a pastoral lens. Scripture is pretty clear. Loving God means loving and caring for all of God’s creation -one another and the earth we call home. Sometimes we are tempted to over think things. We think being a Christian and a good steward of creation should be harder than it really needs to be. In the same way loving one another is a series of small decisions we make each and every day; caring for creation is many small actions. Drinking water from a reusable container, recycling junk mail, replacing light bulbs, and shopping locally. All of these things are small decisions that over time make a huge impact. Each of us needn’t fix the whole world, but each of us changing our small corner will change the whole world. As Mother Theresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
May we all see and care for the Christ in the world about us.