Christians and Climate Change

Oh… it’s time for your obligatory Christian Living article again? Well let’s get going!

2012 was the hottest year the National Weather Service has recorded in American history. My media writing class today taught me to get straight to the point. So here I go. I don’t care if you believe in man-made global warming or not. If you’re a Christian you better start caring for the environment.

We Christians like to put environmentalism aside in exchange for evangelism. Evangelism IS job #1 for a believer, yes, but part of our evangelism is taking care of God’s amazing Earth he created just for us.

“Oh… we can’t damage the Earth because Jesus is coming back,” we like to say a bit to smugly for our own good. “That’s how the world’s going to end,” we converse walking the sidewalks into the mall, simultaneously throwing a gum wrapper on the ground.

And… you’re right. We know how it’s all ending. We also don’t know WHEN it’s ending, and I want my grandkids to live on a clean, cool, earth. Not some kind of post-apocalyptic future we stereotype in bad movies. I don’t want believers to think it’s okay throw trash about, or make poor environmental decisions based on their belief system.

What’s my opinion of global warming? I’m sure you’re wondering that. Well, I don’t know. There’s still unfortunately no conclusive evidence that our burning of fossil fuels and current activities are damaging the earth. But… if you MADE me choose, I’d say…
I’d say yes. Man is at the moment having a negative effect on the environment. I do hope that with technological advancements, we’ll be able to eliminate pollution altogether. But right now it’s a pretty big deal.

As Christians, we need to understand that climate change and end-time prophecy can coexist. Let’s stop denying the possibility of it, and actually help find solutions. I’m not saying you need to install solar panels on your roof, but at the very least you should try to keep the Earth clean and don’t litter.

If you don’t believe that, you need to go read Genesis chapter 1 again. Seriously.

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.