Do you care for the environment?
Everything is going to be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end. This is where this comes from. Once evil has gone to the place where the sun doesn’t shine, it’s time for the old order of things to go and the new creation to come. People when John was writing didn’t like the sea very much and considered it to be a source of evil, so that doesn’t make the cut into the new creation. But there is a holy City – the new Jerusalem, prepared like a bride for her husband.
In the midst of it all is God’s dwelling place – he is going to live in amongst us. There is no reason why that won’t be possible – because sin and evil that made us unclean are gone. And it’s a place where there will be no more crying, no pain, no mourning. Everything will be made new. It will be a great place to be.
This is the hope of eternal life we have in Jesus. One day, everything that is not ok in the world around us will be gone, and we will live forever alongside God, worshipping him.
Some people use these verses to say that there is no point in Christians caring at all for the environment – because God is just going to make another one for us. I’m not sure that’s quite right though. We don’t know how long we’ve got before all this happens, but probably long enough that we should leave the planet in a good state for our children and grandchildren. We also don’t know the exact technicalities of the new heaven and the new earth, so we should look after what we’ve been given well.
Lord God, thank you that you bring us so much hope. Help us to demonstrate that hope to others around us, and to care well for the earth you’ve given us. Amen.
What can you learn about environmental issues around you that you might be able to get involved in?