“He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”
The Bible contains numerous references to the fact that God created the world to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18). His care over the created order is a witness not only to His existence, but to His goodness as well. Paul reminded his audience at Lystra that God has not left himself “without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). In the beginning, God entrusted the created order under the sun to the care of original man, Adam, and his wife (Genesis 1:26-28). Man was to tend and keep that which was entrusted to his care (Genesis 2:7-14). The entrance of sin into the world changed the environment radically. For man’s sake, the ground became cursed (Genesis 3:17-19). This radical change forced humankind to have to labor for their survival. Man is so busy staying alive in a hostile world of dangerous animals, insects, plants, and viruses that he simply cannot be as evil as he would be otherwise. There is no doubt that sinful man has damaged the environment also. The spirit of autonomy and of self-importance is the root and foundation of sin itself (Psalm 10:4; Proverbs 21:4; Romans 1:20-28), and when men become their own gods, nothing is sacred to them except themselves and their desires and felt needs. With this attitude, wicked men have polluted huge swaths of the environment, laying waste countless acres of what were once fruitful forests and fields as well as causing the extinction and near extinction of many wonderful creatures. This is both tragic and needless. If men would seek God for wisdom on how to be good stewards of the environment, He would surely give it (James 1:5). Men refuse, however, and continue to follow the dictates of their evil hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). Today we see a new kind of hypocrisy and evil in the world. Wicked governments are using legitimate concern for the environment to seize more control over their citizens and to confiscate more of their property. This they do, supposedly, in order to save the environment so that future generations can survive and thrive. How ironic it is that the same governments that insist on mitigating the freedoms of others out of concern for the children of the future are those that promote and celebrate abortion on demand! We praise God that He has placed a time limit such errant nonsense and on fallen man’s dominion. At the Lord’s return, He will restore the environment to its original, Eden-like conditions (Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:21; Isaiah 11:1-10). Moreover, human government will function, at long last, with wisdom and honesty (Isaiah 1:26; 32:1; 60:17-18). Maranatha!