Those who understand that environmentalists have it wrong because God’s word has it right. They insist we preserve this earth at all costs because it’s the only one we have. While creation itself, as Romans 8:19-25 teaches, “stretches out its neck” longing for Christ’s return. It seeks the incineration from God that eliminates all human corruption in it so God can renew it entirely in his image as the new earth housing God’s redeemed people.
Those who seek Christ, Christ and Christ Only. J.P. Moreland rightly said that the couplet Christian celebrity is an oxymoron. For Colossians 3:3 declares, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Indeed, it’s impossible to make a celebrity of someone who’s supposed to be invisible. Who’s supposed to care nothing for personal renown by being interested only in what redounds to God’s Glory in Christ.
Those who build their lives on eternal verities, not on what’s safe or popular. Who never say, “Make it easy for me, Jesus, and I’ll serve.” Who always say, “As long as you are with me, Jesus, bring it on!”
Those who delight in a pacific creation, but don’t criticize God when it turns baleful. They understand that Adam and Eve brought a curse from God on creation that won’t be removed till Jesus returns. They also know that creation’s angry moods are but its vengeance on fallen humanity for causing pain and sterility it didn’t deserve. And, that by God’s grace, despite its occasional outbursts, creation is nearly always beneficial. End Part III