|Creation, not Nature|
Creation Matters (1)
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
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It matters how we think about the world and everything in it. If, as Kantian and evolutionary thought insist, the cosmos is merely a vast collection of impersonal matter, formed by chance, devoid of purpose, and, while interesting and provoking to wonder in many ways, nothing to be considered of any eternal significance, that outlook will determine our approach to and use of the earth and its resources. This is doubtless one of the reasons environmentalists find entrepreneurs and consumers so irritating, whom they regard as treating the earth like something to be used up and discarded, rather than as a kind of sacred trust. In response, entrepreneurs and consumers mock what they regard as the false piety of environmentalists, whose view of the earth, in their eyes, approaches a kind of religious awe inconsistent with evolutionary ideals.
But if, as our text indicates, the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, and if the reason for this is that the cosmos is God’s creationand not merely some kind of impersonal nature to be used however men see fit, then our approach to the world will be defined by such a conviction. From this perspective, the perspective of the Christian worldview, creation matters more than the businessman, consumer, environmentalist, or politician can imagine. In these days of high environmental drama – global warming, cap-and-trade, save-the-whales, and so forth – it ill behooves the Christian to be ignorant of the Biblical teaching about the cosmos.
Concerning the cosmos the Bible makes three unmistakable claims. First, the world and everything in it belong to God, Who created all things out of nothing by the power of His Word. The cosmos belongs to God because He made it. Thus, in the second place, God, Who never does anything without a purpose, has specific purposes and uses in mind for the world He has created. He has not hidden those purposes from us but, rather, has clearly declared them in His Word. They who know the Lord and would serve Him faithfully must understand and embrace those purposes if they would be pleasing to God in matters related to the creation. Finally, the Scriptures teach that God loves the cosmos, loves it so much that He sent His only-begotten Son to redeem and reconcile the creation back to its rightful Owner.
Creation matters to God; therefore, creation must matter to us. The cosmos is not just random stuff, nature, gathered by chance into its present form, here to be used as men see fit for as long as the cosmos allows us to remain. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. Creation matters to the believer because all the matters of creation matter so much to God.
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