God’s Green Earth: A Christian Perspective on Earth Day

Since the beginning of humanity, someone has been fighting to conserve something. Whether that’s trees or hippopotamuses, there is always an organization holding rallies or conventions. Now that’s all well and important; everything deserves to have a voice fighting for it in this fast-paced, busy world. The same can be said for the environment itself. Earth Day is the one day a year, April 22, where millions of people from around the world gather to bring awareness to the environment and to hopefully influence legislation on the matter.

It all started in the 1960s when life seemed to be care-free, and everyone drove leaded-gas guzzling cars that released toxic smoke and sludge into the atmosphere without a second thought of the consequences (“The History”). With the “publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962”, environmental issues were moved into the spotlight (“The History”). Building upon the momentum caused by the release of the book, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, founded the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. On that historic day, more than 20 million Americans from across the country gathered in various locations to raise awareness on environment issues (“The History”). This coming together of people from all ethnicities, ages, social status’, and religions was an amazing feat and “led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts” (“The History”).


Every decade following the first Earth Day has been bigger and better than the last. “In 1990, Earth Day went global, [by] engaging 200 million people [from] 141 countries” (Doray para. 3). “Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day” with the global nature of the 1990 Earth Day (“The History”). Not wanting to lose impact, Earth Day 2010 faced some opposition coming in the form of cynicism versus activism. “The Earth Day Network helped to re-establish Earth Day as a relevant, powerful focal point” by bringing “250,000 people to the National Mall for a Climate Rally, [launching] . . . A Billion Acts of Green . . . that has since grown into The Canopy Project, and [engaging] 22,000 partners in 192 countries [who observe] Earth Day” (“The History”).

As anyone can see, Earth Day has grown in importance and impact since its founding in 1970. So what does God say about the environment and all that good stuff? What is the Christian Perspective of Earth Day? Well, in Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Yes, as Christians, we are to work the ground. That is, use it to produce food and build civilizations. However, we are also called to keep it, protect it, sustain it. Earth Day is a great way to engage and act on God’s command to protect the earth. Whether that comes in the form of planting a tree or rallying together with others to help influence legislation, the options are endless on how to better God’s creation.

Written by Maddison

Doray, Andrea. “Giving Back to the Planet on Earth Day.” Arvada Press.com. 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

“The History of Earth Day.” Earthday.org. Earth Day Network, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.

Image credits: http://www.ecosourcetechnologies.com/newsite/earth-day-2013-time-to-highlight-energy-efficiency-and-sustainability/


Poetry In Construction

The drops of rain pounded like bullets off the tin roof. Their clang echoed within the mudded walls of my room. I sat on my bed reading Madeleine L’Engle’s A Swiftly Tilting Planet. As Charles Wallace rode atop Guadior, the winged unicorn, the rain water seeped through the window sill, the drops congregating in puddles on my room’s floors.

Working with locals

I was in Siquatepeque, Honduras during the wet season. It had been raining for ten hours straight. My feet slipped through the flooded hall of the small, adobe house.

“Feels like I’m swimming in lake Yojoa,” I thought.

“Ben,” Kristina, the mom of the house, called, “Venga.”

Dinner was ready. I joined the family at the kitchen table. Water incased its legs. Lenincito, my eleven year-old roommate, flopped his feet against the tile rhythmically.

“No Lenin!” Sarah, his sister, yelled, angry that her legs were soaked.

Kristina handed me a plate. On it laid two fresh baleadas and some slices of avocado.

“Gracias mamá!” I licked my lips. Kristina was famous for her baleadas.

This summer I found myself in Honduras for six weeks. When I first arrived in Siquatepeque, I asked myself the simple

Working on a cabana at SEBCAH seminary

question: “What on Earth am I doing in Honduras?”

Construction. That was the answer. I was the Construction Intern for Camino Global, a Christian mission organization.

There was only one problem: I knew nothing about construction. As a Writing Center Consultant, my fingers were used to holding pens and pencils, not hammers and screw drivers. Nevertheless, many blisters later, I learned that book readers can also be homebuilders.

But, I also learned that construction is like poetry.

In another book by L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time, Calvin O’Keefe describes the forms of sonnets. A Shakespearean sonnet is typically fourteen lines, following the rhyme scheme of:

a b a b

c d c d

e f e f

g g

Though these regulations seem to stint the creative process, they actually sustain it. Without form, a poem is like a painting deprived of a canvas. The paint starbursts everywhere, reaching the corners of the earth. Yet it spreads itself thin, revealing not a grand masterpiece, but a poor picture without centrality and reason.

In the same way, a house is comprised of necessary components. Without exact measurements and cuts, the walls collapse,

Spanish class in Siquatepeque, Honduras

the floors crack, and the home cannot function properly, which is to provide shelter for a living being.

In a great dance, disorder and order twirl hand in hand. The universe is a poem: from the hundreds of stipulations that hold the planets together in fragile gravitational pulls, to the millions of mysteries mankind doesn’t understand and may never understand, we find ourselves within the realms of black matter, where form and chaos battle, creating beauty.

The Beautiful Creation of God

Have you ever noticed how a nice walk through nature can turn any bad day around? I do not know how it works, but it is a wonderful thing. Maybe because it is silent and that is an escape from the noise of work and school. brook forestOr, it could be because you are alone and the seclusion is calming. I like to think, though, that it is God’s way of letting me take my mind off of the business that fills my life and to focus on His creation. He is an artist: the way the flowers bloom in a million different colors and the way the setting sun paints the sky with reds and oranges and blues is beautiful. It stops me in my tracks, and I thank Him for His amazing work. I think about how He created me, too. When I was in my mother’s womb, He was forming and molding me. That must mean that I am a miraculous creation because He made me.

Throughout the world today, too often I see women comparing themselves to other women and men doing the same. It is as if no one can be original, but they must always be striving to be like someone else. I am too fat, too skinny, my hair is too curly, my eyes are too small, and I do not have a thigh gap. NatureNo one is content with who they are. It is a shame I must say. There are so many beautiful people in the world and they do not even realize it. If only they would take their eyes and desires away from being like someone else and turn them towards God. He created each and everyone one of us. His creation is testimony to His artistry and the beauty He manifests. So if God created the elegance that surrounds, and He also created us, that must mean that we, too, are a lovey creation. How cool is that! The God of the universe, the one who made the earth and all that is in it, made us too.

I want to challenge all of you to take a moment and thank God for creating you. He made you, in His image, to be beautiful. So stop trying to be like someone else, be you and be content with who you are, a creation of God Almighty. Psalm 139: 13-16 is testimony to this; I encourage you all to read it.

Written By Maddison