A Christian View of the Environment
V. The source of our ecological crisis lies in man's fallen nature and abuse of his dominion. 1. Man is a rebel who has set himself at the center of the universe. 1. Man has used his dominion wrongly.
2. Man has exploited created things as though they are nothing in themselves and as though he has an autonomous right to use them as he pleases. 2. Man's fallen nature has expressed itself with regard to the creation in his use of time and money. 1. Man's uncontrolled greed and haste have led to the deterioration of the environment. 2. We have been guided by the maxim that what we can do, we will do, particularly if it is the least time-consuming and least expensive alternative. F. The solution to the environmental crisis is the witness of the Christian community within the proper relationship between God, man, and nature. 1. We are called to exhibit our dominion rightly.
1. As Christians we must treat nature as having value in itself and exercise dominion without being destructive (Matt. 6:26, 10:29). 2. This requires both a human and economic cost.
3. There are numerous Old Testament examples of the care with which Israel was to treat the environment. 1. Israel was to care for the land (Lev. 25: 1–12).
2. Israel was to treat domesticated animals properly and respect wildlife (Deut. 25:4 and 22:6). 3. The Lord judges those who misuse the land (Isa. 5:8–10). 4. The Lord nurtured and cared for His creation (Job 38:25–28; Ps. 104:27–30). b. As the second Adam, Jesus redeems all of the effects of the curse (1 Cor. 15:21–22; Rom. 5:12–21). 1. The first Adam brought a curse on man's relationship with his God, his relationship with other people, and his relationship with nature (Gen. 3:14–19). 2. Though the earth will eventually be destroyed, we should still work for healing now. As Christians, we can be rightly related to the creation. c. Christians, of all people, should not be destroyers.
1. We may cut down a tree to build a house or make a fire, but not just to cut it down. 2. We have the right to rid our house of ants, but we should not forget to honor the ant where God made it to be. 3. When the church puts belief into practice, our humanity and sense of beauty are restored. F. The church in the past has failed in its mission of steward of the earth. a. We have spoken out loudly against the materialism of science but have done little to show that we are not dominated by a technological orientation towards nature. b. We are losing an evangelistic opportunity: many are seeking an improved environment, yet they also see that most Christians don't care. c. While there is not necessarily anything wrong with profit in the marketplace, we must voluntarily limit ourselves and not allow something to be done just because it can. d. If individually and as a Christian community we can treat with integrity the things God has made, and do so lovingly because they are His, things change. www.ministeriosprobe.org/MGManual/Environ/Envir2.htm e.
“Why worry about minor little details like clean air, clean water, safe ports and the safety net when Jesus is going to give the world an "Extreme Makeover: Planet Edition" right after he finishes putting Satan in his place once and for all?” ― Arianna Huffington
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Many people have been turned off to environmental issues by extremists. Environmentalists often seem to have more concern for whales, snail darters, and owls than they do for people. Some of them try to make us feel guilty for being alive and using air. Christians actually have special insight into this controversy. We know that the present world is temporary. The elements will someday melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3:10, 12). Although this gives Christians perspective,...
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