Polar BearThere are so many things as Christians we can do to spread the news of Jesus Christ. From helping the homeless to helping a missionary go to China. But there is one BIG way we haven’t even begun to use and that resource is the one that is slowly being taken away from all of us.

We are not environmentally conscious Christians. I mean isn’t this the home God gave us to live in till we went to be with him?

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.”
Psalm 24:1-2

A year or two ago the news was reporting that the Polar Bears will be listed as Threatened, because the ice they use to hunt on is melting and they are having to swim father between ice-plates to hunt, causing them to drown. Not to mention starve, there main source of food is harder to hunt when the ice melts.

“I am the Lord, who made all things, who stretched out the heavens alone, who spread out the earth.”
Isaiah 44:24

Sometimes I think it is easier on us Christians to just work on the things we can really see a change in. We work on people and things that we get immediate gratification from. I know that I am guilty of this. If we feed and clothe the homeless then they are not hungry or cold, if we sponsor a missionary then we know the word of God will be spread to a new person in a far off country. We teach our children all these things as well. Now I am not saying those are bad, but what if we taught our children not only those things, but that taking care of the home that God is letting us “rent” till we can go home to Him is just as important. If we teach them it is important to care not only for one and another, but care for the place you live. Isn’t that spreading God’s word?

“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
Proverbs 22:6

I will be the first to admit that I have not taken care of my “rented” home the way I should. Plus I have not given my children any reason to do any different than me. But I will say this; I want to make this a better place for my children and for their children. I don’t think God wants us to let our children inherit a “home” they can’t enjoy.

“Humans are the only species able to go everywhere in the world, which also means that we have the capacity to do good or ill everywhere.”—Roger Rosenblatt

So my question would be, “How can we call our self Christians and speak about God, if we can’t even take care of the home He gave us to use?” Even if all we do is keep our little part of the world clean and teach our children to do the same. That alone can speak volumes to people. You show you care about the world and if they ask why, tell them…

“I am just “renting” this place till I go home.”

“The hardest case to make for acting on an environmental conscience is that it is the right thing to do. Yet, in the end, it may be the only case worth making. If we do not respect nature, we do not respect ourselves.”—Roger Rosenblatt

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I wrote that back in January when I was challenged not only from the news on TV, but from the church I was attending. There was a time when my whole family was environmentally conscious. We recycled; we only bought recycled and environmentally sound things etc. Somehow we just stopped. Then one day when my daughter was 9 she asked me why we don’t recycle anymore. She remembered. I had no answer. It was a couple of days later was when the news of the polar bears came out and she asked me again why don’t we recycle?

Well to make a long story short, we now are back to recycling, trying to buy less bulky items, no more bottles water, we put a filter on our tap and bought a filtering water pitcher to put in the fridge for cold water. We are back to buying environmentally items to clean our house, and buying more organic items to eat. Supporting our local growers.

We still aren’t perfect, we are like the lady said in the audience, we are mint green. But we are getting a darker green every day.