Read this article, and you will know why the evangelical embrace of the Green movement is worrisome to me. Specifically, the Green movement is a fusion of bad theology with bad science. Call it a “Con-fusion.” This article, unfortunately, illustrates some of the muddle-headed thinking of Christians when it comes to the Green movement. Recycling is fine, of course, but it isn’t a spiritual exercise. In addition, the first commandment is not, “Take care of the earth,” as this pastor says. In fact, the command he cites is, “You shall not eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat, you shall surely die.”
Equating this command with environmental injunctions against SUV’s and plastic grocery sacks is about as sensible as saying World War II was a little misunderstanding. Do we really think the command against eating the forbidden fruit is a statement on climatology? Really?
The Al Gore Green science is not science (see here or here).
The “God Is Green” movement is not godly, or biblical.
Genesis 2:15 does not include God’s words giving a command, but has an implicit command: The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
I agree with you that God has greater purposes than recycling, but I also think recycling and other efforts to take care of the earth are good things to do and more in line with Scripture than exploiting natural resources without taking care of them, without sustainability, without an eye for the future, without respect for what God made and provided to us.