The Call To Steward Creation
In this season of plastic free July, I am reminded of one of the first calls of Christianity: to take care of the planet. Now this may seem like a made-up idea that is used to push the agenda of the trend of being eco-friendly, but this is an actual issue for the Christian nation. In Genesis, God calls Adam and Eve to take care of the land and the animals that was provided for them.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
(Genesis 1:26-31, NIV)
We, as the body of Christ, have labeled this stewardship. (Stewardship is the action of taking care of or managing a certain property or a certain thing). In the Christian nation, this is usually classified as taking care of the church or the family life center or mowing the grass on the property. Somehow, we have missed the big picture.
WE NEED TO BE TAKING CARE OF OUR PLANET! Before there was a church building or a family life center, all we had was the land that was provided for us. It was the original call of God for us to take care of the land and animals that were given for us to use.
In todays Christianity, it is a very popular opinion that care for the planet is unnecessary. The argument behind this is that one day, as sited in Revelation 21: 1-8, we will be given a new heaven and a new earth. Those that read this create a “why bother” attitude on eco-friendly movements. This attitude leads to the neglect of the planet.
My issue and disagreement with this view is when we are called by God to do an action we shouldn’t be passing it up because eventually it wont matter. An example is our call to treat our bodies as a temple. Just because we will have a physical death and our souls will have eternal life does not mean we shouldn’t take care of the bodies we have while we live our physical life. This applies to our care for the environment. Stewardship should be an essential part of our Christian walk and can’t be passed up or demeaned as a lesser section of spirituality/Christianity.
Learn to do your part for the environment and emphasize it to the others that are in your church. If you are a church leader, implement more sustainable ideas in the facilities of your church and in the minds of your congregation. If you are a member, do your part to spread this portion of Christianity.
As the Body of Christ, we need to leave our planet well for the future generations, and it can start with you today.