Today there are many voices telling us that we should take care of the environment, but humanity is doing more damage to the environment than ever. We are filling up our air, land, rivers and oceans with a never ending onslaught of toxins, chemicals, carcinogens, pharmaceutical drugs, plastics and human waste.
We are destroying the habitats of thousands of species and we are now seeing extinctions at an unprecedented pace.
We are raping the earth's resources and are depleting them at a staggering rate that much of humanity simply does not understand.
We are depleting the oceans and the topsoil so rapidly through overfishing and overfarming that the ability of humanity to feed itself in the future is seriously in question.
We are genetically modifying crops, plants, animals and almost anything else we can get our hands on. In doing so, we are permanently altering our ecosystem, our food supply and our genetic future.
If all of that wasn't enough, the use of depleted uranium munitions and other forms of modern weaponry is causing environmental destruction of a type that we have never seen before in human history.
All of this environmental destruction is devastating animal and plant life around the earth, it is causing much of humanity to get sick with a variety of frightening sicknesses and diseases, and it is bringing into serious question the ability of the human race to survive in the long term.
Do any of you still have any doubt that we are the most wasteful society in the history of the world?
For those of you who have ANY doubt that we are the most wasteful group of people in the history of the world, go here and watch this 20 minute video entitled "The Story of Stuff":
The reality is that we are gluttons and pigs and horrible caretakers of this planet.
But the God of the Bible is the ultimate environmentalist.
You don't believe me?
Consider some of the following examples.....
"For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove."
Not even the most wacked out environmentalist would suggest making farmers rest their land once every seven years.
But can you say "overfarming"?
Can you say "depletion of the topsoil"?
Perhaps the God of the Bible knew what He was doing after all.
"Keep my decrees. Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material."
Surely this command must be unreasonable!
So no polyester?
No genetic engineering?
No genetically modified crops?
Only 100 percent biodegradable clothing for everyone?
No clothing and other junk filling up landfills forever and ever?
Perhaps God knew EXACTLY what He was doing after all.
The reality is that God has known exactly what is best of us all along, and when we do our own thing we really, really mess things up.
And the truth is that the Bible says that God is going to judge those who destroy the earth....
"The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth."
The truth is that we all need to repent for our greedy and selfish ways.
God entrusted this earth to mankind and told us to take care of it.
But we didn't.
We have raped the earth.
Not only that, but we have broken God's laws in just about every way imaginable.
We have all sinned over and over and over, and we all stand guilty before God.
But the good news is that there is forgiveness for our sins if we are willing to receive it, and that forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ: