The ecology people are getting stronger. Nowadays, you don’t only need to recycle. You have to avoid using single-use plastics all together. They outlawed plastic straws in some places, but that’s just the beginning. In Europe, plastic bags are almost as precious as silver. You have to take your own reusable bags to the supermarket, and if you forget, you must buy a bag—and reuse it. Less and less products are wrapped in plastic, and more supermarkets are using paper baskets and bags.
The other day I read, “They used to tell us to save the trees; use plastic instead. Today, they tell us not to use plastic; use paper instead.” It’s a crazy world.
“Don’t produce trash”—whatever that means.
I jokingly tell my husband he’s allowed to recycle everything but me.
The United Kingdom is promising to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. The morning news said England can’t put a proposed airport runway anywhere but beside existing runways and still meet that target—nor will they ever be able to build a new runway anywhere else in the country.
My husband guesses that in the future we’ll all ride bicycles—and they’ll fine us for exhaling.
You can ask anyone who knows me well: I love trees. I am totally for recycling, changing habits, and not being wasteful. I even compost my kitchen scraps.
But, I think we’re trying to save humanity backwards.
The real need isn’t carbon neutrality, non-plastic everything, sorting our trash, and nixing airplanes. It’s not going back to horses and buggies and subsistence farming.
We need another kind of salvation: for our souls.
You can save the planet, which will all be burnt up anyhow, and forget about the most important thing in the world, your own soul. Jesus asked, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
God knows how long the earth needs to sustain human life. He already has a plan in place, and it includes taking care of humans. It also includes the complete destruction of this earth. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
It doesn’t end there. There will be a new heaven and new earth. The Apostle John had a vision of what would happen. He wrote, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21:1).
God gave the responsibility for caring for the earth to the first people, and He gave us the same responsibility. We’re to be good stewards of everything God gives us. We should remember, though, that the earth was made for humans and not humans for the earth.
The fact remains: the most important thing in life is our heart.
Even if the green movement ends up making us ride bikes and fines us for breathing, we need to tend to our hearts first and foremost.
The Ten Commandments begin: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
A lawyer asked Jesus, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment (Matthew 22:36-38).
Is Jesus your Savior? Have you been born again? A man named Nicodemus went to Jesus at night to ask Him questions. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Then, He explained, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:3, 14-17).
We all have a way to go before we can honestly say we love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. That’s a goal worth working toward.
You can breathe easy and not worry. I guarantee you the earth will be here until God’s done with it.
Your soul is much more important. Let’s love the Lord. He gets top priority.