Sunday, November 1, 2020

Christian Politics – Part 12: Green Values

 

Christian Politics –

Part 12: Green Values

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare – Miracles, modern medicine & personal control over decisions (not government/insurance/doctor control)

 

o   Suicide & Euthanasia – for reasons other than defense of self, family, property or country, the intentional killing of one’s self, or another is murder, and wrong according to God.

 

o   Abortion & Stem Cells – Abortion too is the intentional killing of an innocent, and considered murder since scripture show that life truly begins at the moment of conception when God begins to knit you in the womb where He also names you.

Ø  Crime and punishment and how the Lord would approve of the death penalty for certain offenses

Ø  War, defense, and national security

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

Ø  Marriage

Ø  Education

E  Economy

Ø  Green Values

Today we are talking about what the bible has to say about “green values” and how Jesus would vote on the matter according to scripture.

 

 SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 1:26-28

 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

                  I.            CREATION AND DOMINION – OUR CHARGE

a.      Dominion “radah”

                                                                         i.      Means reign, prevail against, rule, crumble

                                                                      ii.      Genesis 1:26 states “dominion” was given to Adam by God

                                                                   iii.      Adam could “sustain” the “good creation” through obedience to God

                                                                    iv.      Adam was given dominion over the creation (both earth and animals), however dominion can also mean crumble

                                                                       v.      i.e. Adam was given the power to sustain (through obedience) or crumble (through disobedience) to God and His command

 

 

b.     Our Charge before the fall in Genesis 3

                                                                         i.      “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:28

 

                                                                      ii.      “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:15

1.      In the next verse God created Eve. The responsibility of Spiritual leadership for the family was placed upon Adams head. This is why scripture says the fall was because of the sin of the first Adam, redemption came through the second Adam (Christ)

 

                                                                   iii.      Humankind was given authority to rule over creation in the beginning, we failed. Not because of Satan or the sin (eating the fruit), but because of disobedience to God’s command

 

 

c.      Because of the “fall” death came

                                                                         i.      Genesis 3:6 the first appearance of disobedience to God’s command

 

                                                                      ii.      Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—”

1.      The charge of the fall is placed on Adam, not Eve

2.      Adam was given the command, and the command was not broken with God until Adam broke it.

 

 

               II.            AFTER THE FALL

a.      The present suffering

                                                                         i.      Romans 8:18-25 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

 

                                                                      ii.      The earth, everything in it, is in a state of constant decay and suffering because of the fall

 

                                                                   iii.      Christ will redeem us, and all of creation, and we await patiently for this day

 

 

b.     What of the earth and environment?

                                                                         i.      Do we just let everything fall apart and not care since the ground is cursed?

                                                                      ii.      Is that what we do with ourselves? NO!

 

                                                                   iii.      In Genesis 1:28; 2:15 Adam was charged with dominion over the creation.

 

                                                                    iv.      Genesis 3:6 the fall takes place, and the ground is cursed

 

                                                                       v.      Genesis 3:17-19 “To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

 

“Cursed is the ground because of you;

    through painful toil you will eat food from it

    all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

    and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow

    you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

    since from it you were taken;”

 

                                                                    vi.      The ground is cursed, however, God never said we no longer tend to it. God said, “through painful toil all the days of your life”

1.      “It will produce thorns and thistles for you”

2.      “By the sweat of your brow you will eat”

3.      “until you die”

 

                                                                 vii.      We were never “released” from our responsibility of creation, only domain over it!

 

c.      The results of the fall on creation

                                                                         i.      So, what are the thorns, thistles, etc.…

1.      Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, wildfires, volcanos, etc.

2.      The creation is fighting back! It no longer surrenders to us because we do not have dominion over it.

3.      Even the animals have turned against us.

 

                                                                      ii.      James 3:7 “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind…”

1.      All kinds, not all of every kind

 

2.      In Genesis 9:2 after the flood God put the fear of man into animals and made them available to us for food.

3.      Although some of different kinds have been tamed, they now naturally fear and run from us or attack us and try to eat us for food. We no longer have dominion over them.

 

 

            III.            THE DOMINION BATTLE

a.      God makes the dominion debate clear in Job

                                                                         i.      Job 41:1-9 “Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook

    or tie down its tongue with a rope?

2 Can you put a cord through its nose

    or pierce its jaw with a hook?

3 Will it keep begging you for mercy?

    Will it speak to you with gentle words?

4 Will it make an agreement with you

    for you to take it as your slave for life?

5 Can you make a pet of it like a bird

    or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

6 Will traders barter for it?

    Will they divide it up among the merchants?

7 Can you fill its hide with harpoons

    or its head with fishing spears?

8 If you lay a hand on it,

    you will remember the struggle and never do it again!

9 Any hope of subduing it is false;

    the mere sight of it is overpowering.”

 

                                                                      ii.      No longer does man have domain over the creation or its residents

                                                                   iii.      God says the same to Job about Behemoth in Job 40

                                                                    iv.      Clearly, we no longer have dominion over creation or animals.

 

 

b.     To whom does domain belong?

                                                                         i.      God has supreme domain over His creation

1.      Over animals exemplified in Daniel 6 with Daniel in the lion’s den

2.      Over nature shown to us when Jesus calms the sea in Mark 4

 

                                                                      ii.      However, since creation (Genesis) Satan has tried to take dominion of the earth and everything in it.

 

                                                                   iii.      Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

 

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

 

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    and they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

 

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

 

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

 

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”

1.      Satan first tried to gain dominion over creation through Jesus because the Lord has supreme dominion over everything created.

 

2.      Satan then tried to gain dominion over creation by “getting rid” of Jesus, “cast yourself off the cliff”

 

3.      Satan’s third attempt at obtaining dominion over creation was by trying to get the one who has dominion over everything to submit to him.

 

                                                                    iv.      None of Satan’s attempts worked, and he does not have “supreme dominion”, however he does have a “limited” dominion over creation, which can be “over-ridden” by the supreme dominion of the Lord.

 

 

c.      We see examples of Satan’s dominion and limitations in scripture.

                                                                         i.      Dominion

1.      Colossians 1:13-14 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

 

2.      Eph 2:1-2 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

 

                                                                      ii.      Limitations

1.      Job 1:12 “The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

 

2.      Jude 9 “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

 

 

 

 

3.      Colossians 1:15-17 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

 

                                                                   iii.      Because of the fall we lost dominion over animals and the earth

1.      Satan continues to try and gain dominion over it

2.      The Lord maintains “supreme dominion” over all creation

3.      Through Jesus we can reclaim certain aspects of creation for His purpose (i.e. “in the name of Jesus” rebuking Satan and his dominion, stopping rain as the prophets, calming storms, but only for His purpose and by His will)

 

                                                                    iv.      So, you may ask, what does dominion over earth and animals have to do with “green environment”, recycling, responsibility, and how we should vote?

 

 

d.     Our responsibility according to scripture

                                                                         i.      After the fall we lost dominion, NOT responsibility!

 

                                                                      ii.      Numbers 35 tells us not to pollute or defile the land in which we live (including murdering, such as in the case of abortion)

 

                                                                   iii.      Jerimiah 2:7 “I brought you into a fertile land

    to eat its fruit and rich produce.

But you came and defiled my land

    and made my inheritance detestable.”

 

                                                                    iv.      Ezekiel 34:18-19 “Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?”

 

 

 

                                                                       v.      Proverbs 12:10-11a The righteous care for the needs of their animals,

   but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. 11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,”

 

                                                                    vi.      Deuteronomy 22:6-7 “If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young. 7 You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.”

 

                                                                 vii.      Exodus 23:10-11 “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.”

 

 

                                                              viii.      1 Corinthians 4:2 WE are stewards of His creation

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION – How would Jesus vote on the environment?

 

So, how would Jesus vote?

 

We were given dominion in the beginning, and the responsibility to tend to the ground and animals.

 

Because of the fall, that responsibility became “difficult” because we lost dominion.

 

Though there are many plans and proposals out there for “green deals” and environmental protections, they are not all what they seem.

 

I believe the mandate given to us by God is personal, and we each have a personal responsibility to it.

 

Without a doubt, the earth is in decay because of the fall, and will continue to decay until the end and judgment, our personal responsibility cannot be legislated or fulfilled by government and laws of men.

 

I believe any attempt by government to control, take over, possess, fine or manipulate others through laws and restrictions hidden within bills and proposals under the guise of environmental protection would be voted against by Christ Jesus.

 

This is no way removes the burden of responsibility to the earth, the land we possess, or the creatures dwelling within it, but prevents the governmental overstepping and our personal responsibility being taken away from us.

 

NEXT WEEK: the series wrap up

 

 

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