Why Christians Should Care For The Environment.
Why should we care about environment problems Isn’t this world going to pass anyway? Why should we spend time focusing on this when there are still people in our world who need to hear the gospel? These are some of the questions plaguing or churches across the globe. In this paper we will discuss these issues and why we should absolutely support preserving and rebuilding our environment. God has clearly placed humans in a position of responsibility over the creation. It is our responsibility to look over and take care of it. Genesis 2:15 say “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”(NASB) We must recognize that all created things belong to God and that we are accountable to Him as stewards of the creation. Leviticus 25:23-24 reads, “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.”(NASB) We are not owners of this land instead we are given it as a rental. Just as one would have to be responsible to a landlord, so too are we to God. God commissions us to rule over the creation in a way that sustains, protects, and enhances his works. Now some may argue that humans are more important than the rest of the creation, and that we shouldn’t focus on the problems of the environment but more on the problems of man. However, many of our environmental problems negatively impact people. If we fail to care for the environment in which we live, God’s people will suffer as a result. Caring for the non-human parts of the creation and preserving the intricate interactions among them is an important part of seeking justice for God’s people. Others may argue that protecting the environment is unimportant in comparison to other God-given tasks such as sharing the gospel. But God is concerned with both the physical and the spiritual. Romans 8:22-23 reads,
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." (NASB) Here the correlation is made between the world (physical) and the adoption (spiritual). God cares about the environment, and so should we.
Now that we have cleared the air about why we should care about the environment we are left with a bigger question: how do we care for the environment? I am drawn to a verse from Psalm 8:3-8,
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish if the sea, all that swim in the paths of the seas.” (NASB) In this verse David is reflecting on the greatness of God. Also, here he is reflecting on the great responsibility of man over his rule of creation. I have worked in the military for ten years now and have been placed in charge of many things from divisions of personnel to highly sensitive military operations of national security importance. In my experience when given charge there is one thing that matters most. You must care whole-heartedly about what it is you have in your charge. It is not simply enough to just like or enjoy what you do, to be successful at command it is imperative that you care fully about your responsibilities and make them your own. God in this way has given us the trust in care of His creation. So simply put we must care about the environment whole-heartedly....
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