What does it mean to be environmentally friendly? It’s a term most of us have heard tossed around here and there, especially in recent political debates. However, the state of our planet shouldn’t be a Republican problem or a Democrat issue. Environmentally friendly simply means to be earth friendly or not harmful to the environment. That’s it. Nothing gimmicky, no marketing ploy, simply take care of the place we live that God has blessed us with.
As Christians we are placed in a unique position, although this planet is temporary it is still a privilege. In Genesis we see our God tediously and intentionally creating this world and after each new creation the Word says “He (God) saw that it was good”. If you continue to read in Genesis 1:15 it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Not only in this scripture does He tell us to be good stewards but He also shows us what that means. From the very beginning God created this planet for us to enjoy but to also nurture, and take care of.
Our time on this world may be small but that doesn’t mean our vision needs to be. In Proverbs 13:22 it says “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous”. Let us leave a meaningful and inspiring legacy for our children; that we care about the generations to come, and defend the provisions God has given us especially our planet. On one final note in 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says ” So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. When the bible says all, it means all. From helping a stranger load groceries to picking up trash in your local park, let us have the heart of our Father in everything we do. This is the most important legacy we as followers of Christ should embody.
At ECC we hold these values very closely to our hearts and are firm believers in leading by example. So not only will we be providing more content and resources about this topic but we will collectively start making more sustainable choices within our own church. Let’s rally together as the body of Christ and be the change we want to see in the city of Escondido.