You’ve probably heard about this before, thought about it, even talked about it—the increasingly political topic of climate change. I remember that as a kid I was very excited about saving the planet, recycling and cool new energy-saving technology. But now, it is not so simple anymore. From activists extolling radical action to those concerned about the effects of radical action, what’s the deal with climate change?
First, we need to clarify what that term actually means. Climate change refers to the increase of greenhouse gases increasing the global temperature, believed to be caused by carbon emissions from human activity. The effects of plastic straws on turtles is not an example of climate change. Just because it involves the environment doesn’t mean it’s the same thing.
One other thing that must be established is that other humans must be our main concern. According to Genesis 1:27, humans are created in God’s image and that means that everything we do must have the interest of our fellow man in mind. No, animals don’t hold the value of a human being, no matter how much you love your pet. If environmental activism is done while looking out for the rights, economy and welfare of people, then by all means continue.
However, as Christians, our ultimate goal should be leading others to Jesus; nothing should overshadow the importance of that. No matter how much you try to change the environment, it will never fix the root of the problem; it will never change the heart. So, should we try to be good stewards and do our part to preserve this little planet? Yes. Should we be obsessed with it, as if what we do will save this world? No, because Christ already saved it.