Psalm 24:1 says,
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it..."
Each day thousands of acres of rainforest are destroyed. The flora is cut and burned, the
top soil suffers massive erosion, water supplies are polluted or destroyed, and the wildlife
is driven into shrinking areas of refuge. The losses are staggering; by one estimate, an
area the size of the State of Washington is destroyed each year. Even cautious estimates
show that at least two species of God's creation go extinct every day. Potential life-saving
medicines are lost forever, natural resources are destroyed for short-term gain, and the
creation that is called to worship God is silenced (Psalm 148).
The human toll is shocking. Drought and famine regularly follow environmental abuses. And
children are the ones who suffer the most in this global scourge. Every hour of the day,
more than one thousand children under the age of five die from polluted water. To care for
God's creation is to care for God's children.
Romans 8:21,22 states that creation groans in pain because of bondage to sin. There
may be no more tangible evidence of this suffering than the deforestation of God's creation
in the rainforest. As followers of Christ, we need to find ways to stop this assault on