As stewards, we have the responsibility of being in charge of the earth. We have been placed in charge and are responsible for whatever happens to it, even though it does not belong to us, as we all know it belong to God. In Genesis 2:15, God took man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it. Christian’s duties as being a responsible steward need to manage God’s belongings to the best of their ability. Only the Christian has the proper foundation for understanding people's true responsibility to ca... ... middle of paper ... ... We accept the challenge to work at restoring God’s overall design.
In Deuteronomy 22:6-7 God commands us to tend to creation so it can be preserved and regenerated. There is a new sense of urgency and cohesion to unite Christians to be more mindful of our impact on the environment. Many individual religions do not make the environment as a focal point of God’s creation, they focus on mankind. However there are gatherings of like-minded people who have... ... middle of paper ... ...se to God for all of creation that He has put before us as consumers and caretakers. It is the Lord that created the earth for us all to live in while we are in physical form.
Christians Helping to Perserve the Environment Many Christians believe that God created the World and also made man to be its stewards i.e. To look after something that does not belong to you. Christians who want to be good stewards attempt to protect the World and the rest of creation, by dealing with environmental problems e.g. a major oil of the coast of Spain, or forest fires in Australia. Examples of these stewards are "Green Peace" who try to overt environmental disasters and clear up others.
God has not abandoned the world. It is His will that His design and our hope for it will be realized through our co-operation in restoring its original harmony. In our own time we are witnessing a growth of an ecological awareness which needs to be encouraged, so that it will lead to practical programs and initiatives. An awareness of the relationship between God and humankind brings a fuller sense of the importance of the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, which is God's creation and which God entrusted to us to guard with wisdom and love (cf.
Environmental Issues and Christians Christians have grown to be more aware of environmental issues. Good stewardship means that they have a duty to save and protect the environment. The different Christian Churches teach that the health of the environment is extremely important and we need to all help protect the earth and life on it. The Methodist Church teaches that "The health of the environmental system is critical to all life and immensely fragile in the face of the demands of a consumerist and technologically powerful culture." This means that the natural world is in danger of being damaged from industrial factories and forthcoming technology.
Mark Eliot Shere states in his article, “Building trust: Conservatives and the environment,” that “People are responsible for the natural world because this world has been entrusted to us by a higher Creator.” Everyone has a part in keeping God’s creation what He made it to be by preserving and restoring it. A specific way that Christians can do this is by recycling. Some areas of recycling that will be covered in the next few paragraphs are: what exactly is recycling, the fact that God created everything, and the three R’s of recycling. Also, does recycling really matter, can you really make a difference, and how? When going through this you, keep one thing in mind; God placed each person here on His creation to prepare them for great things.
Specifically, He made man responsible for caring for all that He had created. Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” God is in the middle of everything that is going on. Since Christians know from Isaiah 45:18 that God created the earth “to be inhabited”, we know that nothing God did was just by chance or an accident. The creation is something quite valuable that should be preserved in order to stay beautiful as it was intended (Baldwin, 2006). The problem we encounter as human beings is that this is completely impossible.
This verse represents one of only several verses when God felt sorry. As a result of humanities misbehavior and mistreatment of all creation, God regretted ever creating them. From this perspective, it would be obvious to the average Bible believer, that Christians have a fundamental obligation to preserve and cultivate the earth. There is no doubt that by nurturing the earth’s environment, humanity intrinsically fulfills one of the essential responsibilities given to mankind. According to Genesis 2:15, the Bible states that, “The LORD God took the man, and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.’” All text from Old Testament scripture like Genesis is translated from the Hebrew origin.
Understanding human worth helps people love God, know Him personally, and make a valuable contribution to so society. God has ultimate rule over the earth and He exercises His authority with loving care. When God delegated some of His authority to the human race, He expected people to take responsibility for the environment and the other creatures that share the planet. People must not be careless and wasteful as we fulfill this charge. God was careful how He made this earth and humans must not be careless about how we take care of it.
Taking responsibility for the environment is a duty that Christians should commit to. In fact, Christians should lead the world in taking specific actions in the preservation and restoration of the environment. Some environmentalists have blamed Christianity for the abuse of the environment. The 1967 article by Lynn White suggests that Christianity’s theology of the domination of creation is based on the premise that God created everything that exists for the humankind’s use and should be exploited for that purpose. By this, White alleged that Christians do not feel the obligation to take care of the nature, because it was created to serve them.