“Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.” (Psalm 96:12)
Climate change is a real and pressing danger and we should all be making every effort to help combat the threat. Not as a response to project fear (Psalm 46:2-3) but out of love for the earth that our God has created and called “good.” (Genesis 1:10).
The Bible is full of great advice on how to do this. After all it is a love letter from God (1 John 4:16) our Father (1 John 3:1) who made us (Genesis 1:27) and knows what is best for us (Jeremiah 29:11), it is a guide to life (Psalm 119:105) and gives us many lessons on how to live sustainably (Matthew 6:19) and care for God’s wonderful creation (Genesis 2:15).
The Tree of Life charity has been set up to share the love of God through the Bible’s practical advice on fighting climate change.
The Tree of Life charity gives anyone the opportunity to sponsor a range of trees to offset their Carbon Footprint and increase biodiversity (Psalm 96:11-13).
Climate Change – What does the Bible say?
As Christians we are not to fear climate change (2 Timothy 1:7), God is Sovereign and in control and is making all things new (2 Peter 3:7, Revelation 21:21). But such assurances should not make us complacent to the needs of our environment (Psalm 24:1). As Christians we are not to worship the earth (Romans 1:25), but we are called to be good stewards of it (Genesis 1:28) and should act in love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). God made the earth (John 1:3), it reveals His hidden qualities (Romans 1:20) and glorifies Him (Psalm 66:4). Harming the earth brings harm to people, our neighbours, who God calls us to love (Mark 12:30-31) and it is the poorest who will suffer the most if we do nothing about climate-change (Psalm 82:3).
We believe it is our privilege to serve Jesus in this capacity (Philippians 1:29) and pray that you will join us (Romans 12:2).
So what can be done?
Attend your local church
God has clearly revealed to us through His word a pattern of sustainable living that is built around rest. After creation God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3) and inshrined this into law for the good of His people (Exodus 20:8-11) and for the good of the land (Leviticus 25:4:8-11). Honouring the Sabbath day would immediately cut 15% of our carbon footprint. Attending our local church will allow us to share resources with other believers (Acts 2:44) and encourage each other to live in a God honouring way, in joyous fellowship (Hebrews 10:25) as we rest in the love of Christ (Matthew 11:28).
For decades scientists have known about the real dangers of Climate-Change and have been working very hard to develop new technologies to help fight it (Proverbs 9:10). Sadly such attempts will have little impact unless the human heart is changed (Jeremiah 24:7). Until we rid ourselves of pride ((Proverbs 3:34) greed (Hebrews 13:5) and materialism (Luke 12:15) we will continue to burn through our planets resources at a dangerous rate. The only answer we have then is the Gospel (John 3:16). Knowing Jesus gives us a new heart (2 Corinthians 5:17), with new desires (Galatians 5:22-23). We no longer crave the idols of this world (Deuteronomy 4:28) and we are happier to live within our means (Matthew 6:11) because Christ is better (2 Peter 1:3), in Him we are content (Matthew 6:25-33).
Please join us in prayer that God will continue to work throughout the world transforming sinful hearts for His glory (1 John 5:14) and reduce humanities desire for that which costs the environment so dearly.
The average UK Citizen burns 10 tonnes of carbon a year, requiring 4 acres of woodland to absorb.
We need trees and we need land!
Can you help by purchasing a tree for us to plant in our various sites across Wales?
Do you have any land that you would be happy to let us plant a variety of trees in?
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