October 15, 2011
It is common to see advertisements both locally and globally stressing the importance of proper environmental management – preservation and conservation. Imprudent ecological governance has led to the extinction and diminution of several species of wildlife and plants. Mankind's pursuit of industrialization to make work easier, has resulted in the dangerous depletion of the earth's natural resources. Fingers are pointed as the blame is cast on organizations such as church and state. It appears as if humanity has refused to accept that proper environmental management is everyone's duty. Even though mankind was given the mandate to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth (Gen. 1: 28), it is the Christian's responsibility, based on their knowledge of the Word, to preserve and restore the environment through education, change of lifestyle, and working towards better laws and policies to protect the earth.
Environmental appreciation through education is vital, and preservation or restoration is no easy feat. It requires utmost cooperation, determination, and consistency in order to be accomplished. It is important that Christians make a greater effort to be educated as well as to educate others about the need to preserve God's creation. Joining forces with other organizations can result in a more effective way to make this happen. Based on their position of greater knowledge through Scripture, it is their responsibility to be forerunners and persistently spread the word to those who are unenlightened. The Bible states that the earth and all that is within it belongs to God (Ps. 24:1). It also gives information regarding God's commission to mankind to protect it and ensure that it is properly maintained (Gen. 1: 28-29; 2:15). In the same manner in which the importance of salvation is delivered, the message should be proclaimed emphasizing the need for mankind to preserve what God has entrusted to them. The extinction of animal and plant-life mean the extinction of mankind. Global failure to properly maintain creation is obvious from the many reports regarding the danger of extinction of certain species of plants and animals. It is also obvious based on the constant admonitions from various movements regarding the ecological damage that has been made. Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies is “a Christian institute of environmental studies with the mission of bringing both the Christian community and the public at large to a fuller, deeper, and better understanding of the stewardship of God’s creation.” They have also set up a method of Christian outreach to create greater awareness within the community by inviting visitors to stop by and be enlightened on environmental topics.. This is a great way for Christians to encourage individual participation in an attempt to make necessary changes and help to reverse this desolation.
Lifestyle changes and self control are essential to environmental preservation. Dr. John E. Silvius, author and senior professor of biology at Cedarville University, expressed in his article titled Christian Stewardship of the Environment that “Because of the ecological and economic interconnectedness that exists around the world, the demands of one person's lifestyle can have an impact upon the lives of many others.” This is seen through the unwise exploitation of nature due to the selfish, careless attitude and ignorance of mankind to satisfy their desires. This may be based on the mindset that the problem is not personal or the unwavering quest to gain a “fruit” at the cost of killing the “tree”. Dr. Silvius also stated that man “realizes that he cannot live in greed and [be] careless over consumption of food, energy, and other resources without adversely affecting his neighbor and the other creatures.” Even with this knowledge, man's greed is still manifested in his need to satisfy his desires; this is a blatant...