Earth Day Schmearth Day

by MitchellRichards

Imagine an artist painting on a canvas. He is painting a huge masterpiece; each stroke of the brush is intricate in its detail, each smudge of paint blends perfectly with the colors around it. The lines are perfect, the shading is perfect, and everything else is perfect. It is a beautiful blend of abstract, reality, and divine.

Now, imagine the artist adding a person to the painting. His masterpiece is complete. Years go by and everything is fine, but soon the person inside the painting takes on a life of his own and begins to ruin the painting. He takes paints remover and erases the perfect smudges and blends. He trashes the place, leaving trash in the once perfect trees. The creation, slowly but surely, is being ruined by a piece of the creation itself.

For the record, I am not a crazy environmentalist or anything. I do think it is important that we take care of our environment though. Whether that means recycling or being smart about the energy you use, it is important that we take care of the Earth. One of my favorite parts about walking around Oregon was the fact that it was an extremely clean city; there was never any trash around.

As Christians we should be in the forefront of environmental care and preservation. Why? Because our God created this world, and as Rob Bell says, how to treat the creation reflects how you feel about the Creator.(Rob Bell’s Sex God) It is kind of sad that many Christians, especially down here in the Buckle (buckle of the Bible Belt, my nickname for Oklahoma) are not aware of things that are damaging to the environment. Imagine God as the artist here:

“When they were in [art] school, Peter used to say that everything you do is a self-portrait. It might look like Saint George and the Dragon or The Rape of the Sabine Women, but the angle you use, the lighting, the composition, the technique, they’re all you. Even the reason why you chose this scene, it’s you. You are every color and brushstroke.

Peter used to say, “The only thing an artist can do is describe his own face.”

You’re doomed to being you.

This, he says, leaves us free to draw anything, since we’re only drawing ourselves.

Your handwriting. The way you walk. What china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand.

Everything is a self-portrait.”

an excerpt from Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

I am not saying that we should all go out and buy those special light bulbs and install solar panels on our roofs, but it is our duty to be aware of things like reducing your carbon footprint, your energy usage, recycling and waste, among other things. It’s the same reason why would should take care of our bodies as well.

This isn’t an issue of global warming or climate change, this is an issue of treating the creation in a way that is pleasing to its Creator.

Happy Earth Day.

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