Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homeschooling: How Should Christians Teach About Earth Day?

As a Christian parent, how should Earth Day be taught to kids?  

Earth Day is a major discussion in today's communities.  In the public school system your child may be taught about recycling, conserving energy and water, planting more trees and eating more from the earth through math, science and language arts.  In addition, they are also being informed about Global Warming (as a truth, not a theory), and the importance of reducing your carbon imprint (including the fact that eating meat is bad, not a choice).  Our kids and the public are constantly being told that without us and our constant involvement, the earth will not survive.

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Seriously, are these ideas really that wrong?  No, I don't believe that all of them are wrong.  We recycle in our home, conserve energy when possible, and since we live in a drought area of Texas, we are required to conserve water.  Our family is aware that we must be good stewards of what God has given us. (Colossians 3:17)

However, in my opinion, it is also important to let our kids know that it is not us who are in charge of the earth. Colossians 1:16-17 says:  "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV) (emphasis mine)

We will be teaching Earth Day in our homeschool.  Since I have older children, we plan to discuss how this secular movement got its start and and what it's agenda consists of today. In addition, we will talk about how Christians should respond.  In this regard, I found two great articles from the Answers in Genesis website about how Christians should respond to Earth Day:

"Go Truly Green - Starting With Genesis" by John Upchurch
"Earth Day - A Christian Perspective" by Stacia Byers

What is your stand on Earth Day?  Do you teach this topic specifically to your children?

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