The Billy Grahm Evangelistic Association took a moment to appreciate the importance of Earth Day for Christians around the world.
"I'm planning to major in environmental science when I start college and I wonder if God really cares about things like this. Does he?" Billy Graham answers this question in a link posted to Twitter on Earth Day.
A student had asked the well known and recently deceased televangelist, Billy Graham, if the environment is something God cares about. Graham's answer, recorded form several years ago in November of 2015 was a call to action for us all.
"After God created Adam, the first human, the Bible says He “took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). If we don’t take care of the environment, who will?" asked Graham.
Graham also said, "When God created the world it was perfect—but then sin, like a deadly sickness, invaded the universe, and with it came every type of evil and natural disaster." Graham added that the world is being damaged every day by peoples selfishness and greed.
"Think of it: someday all the things that are wrong with this world will be reversed!" Graham reminds us that when Jesus returns all will be made right, "Then, the Bible says, “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay” (Romans 8:21)."
Graham suggests to the student that they ask God to guide them as they choose their major "and if He leads you into this field, ask Him to help you work to make the world a better place, for His glory."
Sara Wolowich, environmental studies major at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), both embodies and echos this belief.
"I know Earth Day means different things to different people, but I am looking at it as a day in which we are filled with awe, wonder, and thankfulness because of God's magnificent creation," Wolowich shared, "but also humbled, honoured, and saddened as we have been given the privilege of life on this abundant and diverse Earth, but have not cared for it in the way God asked of us."
As wonderful as a day to celebrate the Earth may be, however, Wolowich hopes we aspire for more.
"I think it should be a lifestyle and a way we worship. God has created a world that is perfectly balanced and systems that keep us all alive. He did not create a world with just humans. Rather, he created a world with so many creatures and organisms. He created them before us. God created a world where all creation works together to glorify God. It was never just us; we were never alone on the earth we were placed here to be in relationship with God and our planet.
"God put us here so that we may care for and be Gods keepers of creation on earth. This day is so important to remind us of these things and remind us how intricately related we are to the rest of creation."