You see a Christian has to be very careful with this line as saving the planet conflicts with several important things that God said. God told man to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 2:28). The Green Movement, the Earth Movement are in direct conflict and believe me these movements have influenced millions around the planet. (Sterilizing to be green, forced sterilizations Uzbekistan)
God also promises us(even knowing our horrible condition) that there would be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). This is a promise. The outcry of the planet in catastrophic shape and the fear-mongering is something a Christian should not heed. Fear should only be used in the context of: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction(Proverbs 1:7).
I find it alarming that the Earth is considered "Mother Earth," and the UN wants to prepare a Some voice the rights of a small bait size fish, usurps man~today. Can you imagine what will happen when Mother Earth is free to appoint how many people can live on her, and what measures can be taken to dispose of the unwanted?
By the way, who says that people will be dominant? Most concerning for man, is who will help The Mother determine what is a sustainable number of people on the planet. By the way, these are not crazy speculative notions. Have you ever heard of the Georgia Guidestones?(on Flikr). The Guidestone's has this message on one of the stones:
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
My problems are monumental with the Georgia Guidestones, as with Earth Day. God is not considered and man will be the hero in sustainability. Not all men, and for the record not gluttonous Americans. I took the Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator quiz. I am very conservative(I will not say Green, but I could teach many the real meaning of being how to recycle, reduce and reuse. The average person under this movement has no idea how to live this way 24-7) yet, I require 3 earths to sustain my lifestyle. Three! The children that participate in these surveys must feel pathetic, useless, and empowered knowing that they are the villain in the story.
It is hard not to get caught up in the fervor of the movement, and a Christian should be a good steward, so why shouldn't Christians ignore the bad, and celebrate the good? Because we are to avoid the very appearance of evil. We know that the earth is not going to implode, no matter what man does, because God tells us He alone will provide a new planet and this will be on His timetable. We cannot do anything to expedite His plan and there is much proof of biblical people trying to do so to their own angst(think Abraham and Sarah). We also know that the very villain of Mother Earth conflicts with the last and most special of God's creation-man( Genesis 1:26).
What should we do as a Christian? How can we teach our children what the earth and all its inhabitants are for? By opening the bible, it is that simple.
Oh and man is to have dominion over every living thing that moveth upon the earth(Genesis 2:28) and with that verse, I have my pattern for life. I do not desire to align myself with a movement that wishes to drastically reduce the population, nor do I desire to be considered evil for living life. I have hope and will live my life as an example of that hope.
* for the record Americans are well equipped to be the voice of Mother Earth(source)