“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Psalm 8:3-4]
THE CENTER OF THE MORAL UNIVERSE
If you looked around at mainstream culture today and compared to any decade in the past, perhaps the one thing that would jump out to you the most is our current obsession with all things environment. Nearly everywhere the words “environmentally friendly” are proclaimed as a most noble virtue. We live in an age where “saving the planet” is charity; being “green” is the chief end of mankind. Concern for the planet is quite near the center of the moral universe of America today.
Of course, caring for creation is a great thing we should all be concerned with. But as we will learn more about in the remainder of this post series (and future blog entries), sometimes in our rush to “help the planet” or “save” a bird of the air, our neighbors get trampled. And in the eyes of Jesus, people “are of more value than many sparrows” [Matthew 10:31].
THE CROWN OF CREATION
We must always do our best as sure as possible that the lives of people are not harmed by environmental policies we promote. Why? Because Christ commanded that we should love not the planet as ourselves, but our neighbors. If we really love our neighbors we would rather see the farmers use the water than force them with the law to give up the water for a fish. Why? Because farmers are people and fish are fish. That’s not to say that fish don’t matter. And this is where things do get tricky sometimes, and much discernment and wisdom is needed when making these kinds of decisions.
“Caring about the environment provides motivation, but to make our caring truly helpful we must understand the Biblical, theological, ecological, demographic, economic, and scientific principles and theories that provide a foundation for environmental views and policies.”
HEART OF THE MATTER
There is a real world out there with real environmental policies being passed that affect real people. Billions of dollars are spent on green projects, donated to conservation groups, and squeezed out of taxpayers in the name of saving the planet. The future is shaped and morality is now largely defined by environmental ideologies. And, since the phrase “the environment” includes literally everything, environmental laws have the power affect absolutely everything.
Many of the laws being passed today are not based on truth but emotion, and, in the end, wind up harming people more than helping the planet.
The bottom line is this: In our day and age, the environment matters more than ever before.
 Where Garden Meets Wilderness, E. Calvin Beisner, P.xi