Have you ever felt like the Sunday sermon was meant for you? That perhaps it was God’s surprising way of answering a prayer or a long held question? Last Sunday our minister delivered a wonderful sermon, the topic of which I have never heard preached on in any church before, any where, ever. On that premise alone, it is incredibly brave to take on this topic from a Biblical perspective. The topic was on God’s relationship between man and nature.
This was very exciting to me for several reasons. First, we are nature lovers who care very much about good stewardship and humane treatment of God’s creation. Second, I believe that Christians across the board have done a uniformly poor job of being good stewards of the land, indeed, to the point where Christians belittle it as a non-issue or do not even want to discuss it. Finally, I had recently asked God why his people have such hard hearts on this issue. It distresses me.
I was brought up to believe that a righteous man regardeth the beast, but it seems that many Christians prefer to lean on (and ultimately abuse) the Lord’s directive that man is to have dominion over all creation. And that’s that. It doesn’t matter what you do with it, man has dominion, period. Man expects to make poor decisions on this and have no accountability. And that is what is so frustrating- the Bible does not read like that to me at all. God’s word is rich in references to the natural world; still waters, green pastures, sparrows. In Psalm 50:10 all animals are God’s animals and God cares for them (1 John 4:16). And that is just two mentions of many, there is so much more to this story.
And yet, some people don’t get it. If you speak out on this issue, you are immediately silenced because you obviously have a left wing agenda (now, that will be the day) and you obviously don’t care about starving children, unborn babies, take your pick. Well, I care about those babies, born and unborn, and people suffering, and it is because I care about people that I care about compassion and creation. Taking care of all that God has trusted us with so that, Lord willing, it will be there for future generations. And to me, that is a true pro-life stance. Basically, I care about all forms of life, and yet, as a Christian, I am atypical for it. Did God create me with a tender heart for all His creation for no reason? Was it a fluke? As I encounter more Christians who feel the same, there is hope that people will ask “What matters to God?” about everything.