The Joyful Environmentalists

For Christians, caring for the environment can end up all occupying hippy past-time or decried as pointless because it ends up being an all occupying hippy past-time, or not thought about and so done with large amounts of guilt like the rest of the country. There is a better approach though.

The Christian approach [the conservation] is very different: it is celebratory and grateful and hopeful.

Here’s an argument though that I’ve yet seen made. If we take seriously Psalm 19 when it says things like “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” and passages like Romans 1:20 which says “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” then should we not believe that creation does actually speak of God, though it does not use words, and though because of our depravity it’s words are no use to us without the Word of God and his Spirit coming to us1? So, should we be surprised that humans, who love to hide from God’s word and cover it up, deface his glory that is proclaimed in creation? From obvious defacing by digging massive holes in it, or eating all the fish out of it, to subtly defacing by attributing it’s glory to someone or thing other than God.

1 To answer the rhetorical question, yes, yes we should believe that. At least that’s what Calvin argues.