I can't change the world
We drive cars that emit toxic fumes. We buy food wrapped in plastic which nature can’t digest.
We constantly strive to have more and go faster. We rarely take a minute to even think about this way of life.
Last year, we reached Earth Overshoot Day by August - the annual marker of when our demands on the planet outstrip its ability to regenerate.
I’m one of seven-billion people on earth. I can’t change the world.
I can’t clean up the oceans. I can’t magic away the plastic pollution. I can’t put spilled crude oil back in the ground. I can’t save the wasted food going to landfill.
But does it even matter?
Called to Care
Yes. It does matter. It should matter to Christians.
Of course, eternal souls matter more than our earthly home, which will be burned up when Jesus comes back (2 Peter 3:7). Telling others about him must still be our priority.
But just as it matters how you treat others (Galatians 6:10), how you eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31) and how you work (1 Thessalonians 4:11), it matters how you treat God’s great tapestry of creation.
One of God’s first commands to humanity was this:
Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Genesis 1:28.
We’re to rule as God rules (Genesis 1:27). Surely he doesn’t rule in a way that damages the very creation he made?
You and Me
So recycle. Ride your bike to work, when you can. Buy fresh produce that isn’t packaged in plastic. Every purchase can reflect God’s care and concern for his creation.
As individuals, we can’t change the world. But the church should be a key voice in environmental concern.
And that includes individuals like you and me.