It’s very easy to come to the point where we wonder if God really cares about the environment. Does He actually care about the ozone layer? Does God concern Himself with thoughts of trees? I remember reading an article by Rich Mullins where he emphasized the fact that God loves lilies. Does He? Jesus tells us to consider them and how much God takes care of them and how much more God will take care of us.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! – Luke 12:27-28 ESV
We often read those verses and realize that God loves us a lot. What we fail to realize is that God loves lilies a lot, He just loves us more. The fact that He loves us more means that he has to love the lilies at least a little. We read over that part. We tend to be selfish and only focus on how much God loves us. God loves His creation too. Jesus tells us that.
God loves plants and animals, this is what Jesus tells us. God loves them a lot. God loves them so much that He wants to meet their every need. God wants to take care of them. The amazing fact is that He loves us even more. If we skip over the fact that God loves the plants and animals then these verses loses the passion behind them. We miss the true story of love that Jesus is telling us. We cannot ignore the fact that God loves His creation.
In Genesis we learn that God created the Earth. Genesis is a beautiful explanation of Gods care and love for His creation. After each moment of creation God steps back and admits that He thinks His creation is good. After He creates man and woman, he says that it’s not just good, but it’s very good. God thinks that we are very good. Again we tend to ignore the fact that God also thinks that the rest of creation is good. If we overlook this fact we simply miss the true depth of this verse, we miss what God truly thinks of us.
My point in all of this is that God loves us so much, and He thinks so much of us. We cannot forget that He also loves His creation. The fact that He loves us more and thinks more of us does not negate the fact that he loves and cares for the rest of creation. If God loves and cares for plants and animals what does He think about the way we treat them? We often only think of these things as resources to be consumed. They are things to own and manipulate for our good alone. We treat them as if they are nothing to be loved or cared about. We definitely don’t act as if they are the creation of the Almighty. We don’t treat them as gifts from God.
Don’t mistake this as an article about climate change or global warming. This had nothing to do with that. I’m simply trying to help us be aware of something that God loves, something He thinks is good. If He has given us good gifts, how should we care for those for those gifts?