God is Green

There is a jiggle that got stuck in my mind. It’s called “Save My World.”

save-my-worldAlthough this month-long Saving Gaia campaign by Mediacorp is over yet there remains the cry to preserve a greener world for the future generation and the call to go green.

The impact of climate change is observable. Its magnitude is felt in many ways around the world – rising sea levels, more drought, heat waves, stronger and more intense hurricanes and typhoons. As a fisherman, I have seen the impact of climate change. The pattern of monsoon season and fish migration has somewhat changed because of global warming.

Today, there can be no more crucial issue for our generation than to protect God’s Creation from our human destruction of the environment.

We need to care for God’s creation. It is not just for our survival but also for the sole fact that God is green.

In Genesis when God created the world, He places great value on His creation by calling it “good” more than half a dozen times.

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). 

God is green for He tells the humans He placed in His creation “to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15).

After the Great Flood, God made a covenant between Himself and creation (Genesis 9:12-17). God cares for His creation enough to make such a covenant.

God even stipulate a law to protect the soil and give rest to the land (Leviticus 25:4). God is definitely green.

In the book of Job, God gave a long soliloquy about the glory, majesty and splendor of what He has created (Job 38-41). That alone tells us God is green. He has vested interest in the beauty and well being of His creation.

God is green. Just so we need to go green for “the earth is the Lord’s” (Psalm 24:1).

Commenting on Romans 1:20, John Stott wrote:

“The creation is a visible disclosure of the invisible God, an intelligible disclosure of the otherwise unknown God. Just as artists reveal themselves in what they draw, paint and sculpt, so the Divine Artist has revealed Himself in His creation.”

Not only we have the moral obligation to protect and preserve God’s green creation but also we have the spiritual motivation to let a greener earth display the glory of His handiwork that the disbelieving world may join us to declare “How Great Thou Art!” 

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

 Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,

How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

God’s creation is truly His revelation. “The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)

We need to practice environmental stewardship because God is green!

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