“God said to them…’Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'” – Genesis 1:28
There’s a great deal of concern about the environment these days. That’s good, for the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1, tells us that one of man’s major responsibilities is to care for the environment. You could say Genesis 1 is the ultimate environmental manifesto.
Amidst this environmental concern is also tremendous confusion, and it lies with the wrong focus. Some environmentalists worship nature more than the God of all nature. Some worship creation more than the creator. It is as ludicrous as having a greater awe for the painting, Mona Lisa, than for her creator, Leonardo de Vinci.
When nature is supreme, we get confused and misguided. When nature is respected and managed out of obedience to God, the Creator, then we’re able to care for the environment in a way that makes sense, in a way that’s best for all.