Tens of thousands of Christians joined together, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, for a worldwide gathering supporting creation care. Their message: Caring for creation is biblical and honors the Creator.
Sponsored by Blessed Earth, the event was simulcast live via the Web from Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Fla., with people from 1,000 churches and organizations from 40 countries participating.
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Northland’s senior pastor, said that the simulcast was “an effort to recast the environmental movement into its proper perspective-as a biblical issue that Christians should care about.”
The evening featured prayer and times of worship focused on God the Creator, along with a preview of a new film series called “Hope for Creation.” This was followed by an interactive town-hall conversation with audiences around the world featuring Pastor Hunter and Dr. Matthew Sleeth, founder of Blessed Earth and the visionary behind the event.
Designed to help individuals and churches discover practical and biblical reasons to care for the planet, the “Hope for Creation” films trace Dr. Sleeth’s spiritual journey in the context of the creation story. A respected and successful emergency room physician, he resigned at the top of his career when he “started seeing changes in disease based upon the environment and changes in the environment in general.” He now puts all of his time and energy toward creation care.
Dr. Sleeth tours the country with his wife, Nancy, and has spoken more than 900 times in churches, schools and to media outlets-more than any other evangelical-about the biblical mandate to care for the Earth.
His latest book is The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book (HarperOne). Through his nonprofit, Blessed Earth, he also wrote and released a 12-part creation care series called “Blessed Earth” (Zondervan), with accompanying guidebooks.
During the simulcast, Dr. Sleeth offered a “90-Second Sermon on Trees” to demonstrate how succinctly one can explain that environmentalism is not a political issue, but a biblical one.
He concluded by challenging believers to make caring for creation part of their everyday lives: “It’s time for us to go out into the world and become better gardeners-whether that is in our office, business, school or church. Creation care is something we can do every hour of every day, to show our love for God and for our neighbors.”
The entire Hope for Creation simulcast is available to view on demand at www.blessedearth.org. To view Dr. Sleeth’s video testimony, visit www.youtube.com/servegodsaveplanet. For interviews, contact Robert Andrescik at 407-949-7147.