Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
Today is Earth Day. Today is a day to remember that we are here to take care of God's creation. In Genesis when He created the Earth and all that is in it, He also gave man dominion over it all. That doesn't mean that we can just do what we want with it, however. Even a ruler is responsible for the well-being of his people. So should we be responsible for the well-being of the earth and the people that live on it.
When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, conservationists were known as "tree huggers." This was not always a complimentary nickname, either. And, though I would never have considered myself one, I have always felt some responsibility to leave as small a footprint as possible wherever I have been. I think God expects that of us as well. We need to remember that we will not be the last generation to inhabit this Earth, so we must leave it for our children, our children's children, and so on. If we don't pay attention to it now, there will be very little left for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
There are many ways to be good "rulers" of the earth. Recycling is an easy and simple one. If it is available in your area, recycling is a good way to begin. Using less energy is also good. Solar energy is abundant in some parts of the world and not so in others.
God has created a wonderful and beautiful world for us, but we cannot continue to take it for granted. On this Earth Day 2009, let us remember that leaving this world a better place than it was when we entered it is an admirable goal - then strive toward it.
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