NAME: ELIZABETH KAGUCHIA
CLASS: ENGL 101-SUMMER 2013
ENVIRONMENT: A CHALLENGE TO CHURCH MISSION TODAY
Environmental concerns have become an integral issue in the face of the world today. The continued regression of forests, industrialization, pollution, population growth, urbanization, and intensive agriculture calls for better stewardship of environment. Plants, animals, and human life have been threatened and endangered as the environment deteriorates. The following pictures shows how trees have been cut down causing regression of forests, industries have polluted the air, and rivers have been polluted, and animals have been endangered all affecting environment.
THESIS STATEMENT: The church has a God mandated role to tend and care for the environment. Environmental stewardship is mandated by God as is seen in the creation story. Adam was commanded to take care of the garden and all other God’s creation, (Genesis 1:28). Taking care of the environment is a fundamental responsibility of Christians. BODY:
a) Who is responsible for the environment?
Christians are responsible to care for the environment; however, they have been ignorant and neglected the importance of creation. “The claim that Christianity teaches care for the environment has been challenged from both outside and inside the church” (Dewitt &Nash, 2008, Para. 1). According to Restoring Eden, “Our responsibility regarding the land and the wider creation is that of stewardship. We are stewards of the land and creation, not owners” Restoring Eden, (2010). Christians ought to lead by example in attending, preserving, and keeping watch of God’s creation and not destroying it. Good environmental stewardship is a Spiritual fulfillment of the church, as true love for God involves love for all God has created.
The fall of man in Genesis chapter three broke all the relationships God had created, including our relationship with nature. As a result of the...
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