Jan 27, 2009
The last few decades have seen a noticeable increase in concern for the environment. Organizations dedicated to protecting the planet have grown immensely in recent years, with Greenpeace currently claiming well over 2.5 million members worldwide, and the Sierra Club boasting 1.3 million members in America alone. In addition, the phrases "green" and "environmentally-friendly" have become huge advertising slogans, labeling products ranging from houses to clothing to food-packaging. The idea has taken over the media as well, making headlines in prominent publications time and time again, and becoming the theme of movies such as An Inconvenient Truth.
College campuses are not exempt from this environmental craze. These days, it seems that practically every college has an Environmental Club. College students are eager to donate their time, talent, and treasure to help save the planet from pollution and various species from extinction. Much scarcer are college students willing to work to save humanity from intrinsic evils such as abortion and forced sterilization. Why is it that the trees have suddenly become more important than innocent human lives? Perhaps the youth of the country have mixed up their priorities in deciding what they are willing to fight to protect.
The Scriptures include two consecutive accounts of creation. Together, they show the proper relationship of man to the created world. The first account, found in Genesis 1, describes God creating the world in stages. After creating the earth and all the animals and plants to fill it, God creates man on the sixth day. Man is clearly the peak of His creation, the summit of everything He has made.
The second story of Creation, found in Genesis 2, depicts God as creating man first, then planting the Garden of Eden and creating all the animals, bringing them to man. This account shows us that the rest of the world was created for mankind.