Ideas regarding climate change and other environmental concerns are constantly in the news. Now, as Christians, we have a reason to care for the earth—God has set us as stewards and we need to care for the planet, just as he does. But that doesn’t mean we should just indiscriminately buy into every alarmist and dire claim made by radical environmentalists. And a recent article highlights one of the reasons why—many of the “gloomy predictions” of the past just haven’t come to pass.
This article starts by saying we should have been thankful this Earth Day (April 22) because the “gloom-and-doom predictions made throughout the past several decades haven’t come true.” For example, in the 1970s the concern was global cooling, then it switched to global warming, and now it’s just climate change. This is because what you believe about climate change is based on your worldview and what you believe about the past.
The article gives one reason why many of the gloomy environmentalist predictions haven’t come true:
The issue, however, is that present trends do not continue. They change dramatically for a number of reasons. Innovation happens. Consumer behavior changes.
Here’s another reason—one that we can take to the bank because it comes from God’s infallible Word:
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22)
Now, this doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want to the earth. We need to be good stewards of what God has created and care for our planet. Christians should be leading the way in environmental care because we understand the dominion mandate (Genesis 1:28). But we should always do so recognizing ultimately God, not us, is in control and humans are of infinitely more value than the rest of creation because we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) and have eternal souls.
Absolutely, we should care for creation and rationally address real environmental concerns, but let’s not get swept away in “doom-and-gloom” predictions. Let’s responsibly use the creation for man’s good and God’s glory.