This Thursday, August 25, 2016, our nation will celebrate the Centennial of our National Parks Service.
As the Bible says:
“How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all”; and “In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him”; and “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof.”
(Psalms 104:24, 95:4 and 24:1).
We are profoundly grateful that, for 100 years, our nation has preserved God’s creation through our National Parks. They make available to everyone what belongs to God. They reflect our highest ideals as a nation: that everyone is welcome because all individuals are created equal, endowed with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To step into a National Park and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation is to experience freedom and the richness of life as persons made in the image of God.
Because we believe these things, we are fully supportive of efforts to ensure that those with disabilities are provided access. Recently in two days over 11,000 pro-life Christians affirmed the following Petition:
All told, this year over 107,000 pro-life Christians have supported action to protect, defend, extend, and maintain our system of National Parks, Monuments, Wilderness and Forests. We know that our public lands are national treasures to be stewarded and preserved for us and our children, and are indeed part of our worship of God.
So on Thursday, let’s come together as a nation and celebrate our National Parks and federally protected lands – they’re God’s gift to us all.
The Rev. Mitch Hescox is President/CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network and coauthor of Caring for Creation: The Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment.