Today is Earth Day. For most Christians, this an ordinary day and many will probably fail to recognize the day, but I think it is appropriate for Christians to celebrate the day more than anyone else. We are in the Easter Season (the time between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost) and have just gathered to celebrate the resurrection. I believe we ought to celebrate not because the earth is divine, but because God made it. We should celebrate because the resurrection of Jesus began the process to restore all that was broken, including the earth.
Remember today that God created the world and is restoring the world. Remember also that all of Creation longs for the final restoration and redemption that started with the work of Jesus.
Now I’m sure of this: the sufferings we endure now are not even worth comparing to the glory that is coming and will be revealed in us. For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. And there is more; it’s not just creation—all of us are groaning together too. Though we have already tasted the firstfruits of the Spirit, we are longing for the total redemption of our bodies that comes when our adoption as children of God is complete—for we have been saved in this hope and for this future. But hope does not involve what we already have or see. For who goes around hoping for what he already has? But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation. (Romans 8:18-25) 1