All things bright and beautiful
Why Belief in Creation is important
Sundew – drosera
We sing “All things bright and beautiful”, but how do we keep all things bright and beautiful? For too long the church has almost ignored creation but we can’t any longer. Genesis speaks of creation in six days. Some get bogged down over this and think we must reject science. The earth is billions of years old and life has evolved. Our Christian faith does not tell us about science, but how we should value and use the natural world, and worship its creator.
1.Worship God as Creator.
We start with God as creator and find his Glory in nature. In autumn we see it in vivid colours. We need to see the Creator both in the smallest things, like dew on a spider’s web, and in the awesome like mountains. We can do it daily.
There is always something to find, if you look. Just today I went for a walk with the leaves turning and found some fungi.
O all ye green things of the earth, bless ye the Lord
And everything else!
2 Use creation, – the earth’s resources, wisely.
To live, we need food, materials whether grown or extracted, and, unless we wish to return to poverty, we use a lot. Our energy comes at environmental cost. The metals we use are dug out of the ground, smelted and cause pollution (I used to work in a mine.). Farming uses much land reducing wilderness. Without these we would starve or die young.
However human activity does cause environmental damage as with this opencast coal mine
I could discuss this at length, but we need ways of enabling all people to live comfortably, control pollution and find ways of restoring the countryside. Today we can see the effects with loss of wildlife, increased flooding (in the river Wyre it may well be due to peat damage and tree loss), pollution and climate change.
The solution is local and global, governmental and personal. Personal actions are vital whether turning lights off, growing plants to attract wildlife etc.
3. Think of others.
We live comfortably with greenspaces and wildlife. Many cities lack green spaces and have air pollution. Many parts of the world have dirty water, limited food and energy and are grossly polluted. Their pollution is our concern as well. Do we care? Why should we?
We start with the first commandment “You shall love the Lord your God…” That means if we love God we’ll love creation.
The Second is like, ”You shall love your neighbour as yourself” so we’ll want others to have their share of creation and not wreck it. Thus environmental concerns also stem from the second commandment.
Taking the two commandments together, we must love and care for creation
The third great commandment should be
“Thou shalt love God’s creation, because…….
This is a very simple Christian case for environmentalism and will not please sophisticats, but it’s starting point.
Finally to look after our planet, we need to understand the science.