For too long there has seemed to be a division between environmental issues and Christian principles. However, when we look at the Bible, our responsibilities regarding our planet and its inhabitants are clearly mapped out. One way we can build stronger bridges between ourselves as God’s people and the world that God has entrusted us with is by pairing Scripture memorization with environmental activities. Below are ten ways to incorporate Scripture into the way you engage with this world.
1. Plant a Garden
God has given us “every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees” to eat (Genesis 1:29). Planting a garden will help you reduce your consumption of processed and packaged food. Talk with your family about how eating fresh foods from the earth is part of God’s plan for our physical health. (No room to garden? Try a container garden for one-stop salsa.)
2. Give Rather than Get
According to James, unless our faith produces “good deeds, it is dead and useless” (James 2:15–17). So help your kids recognize those around them with needs and then come up with a solution.
One idea is to make your child the gift giver at his next birthday party. My boys had a combined party, and in lieu of gifts (how many more action figures did my sons need, anyway?), they asked for items our local food pantry needed. We learned that the pantry keeps “birthday bags” on hand for children who might otherwise not have a cake for their special day. Each guest brought icing, cake mix, and a package of candles, and we provided the gift bags to decorate during their party!1