Christians Need to be good Stewards of the Environment

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The well-being of the environment is the responsibility of all people. From the water in the ground, to the air that we breathe and everything in between, is a gift from God, and worthy of preservation. The book of Genesis says, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it” (Gen 1:15, New American Standard). It is clear by this passage that God intended for man to not only care and prepare the land for growth, but also to remain faithful in his responsibilities that God had given him. Christians should not neglect their responsibility toward protecting the environment and living a life that exemplifies this cause.

David wrote, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1). Just as Adam was placed in the garden to keep and protect it—Christians have the same responsibility to keep the earth God has placed into their care. They should not have the attitude that one day Christ is coming back, so why should they worry about all the pollution that is taking place—like all the groundwater that is being polluted and dried up. As one journal states, “Groundwater tables are falling at phenomenal rates, often more than one meter per year, in many parts of the world. Formerly perennial rivers and streams whose base flow was supplied by groundwater are becoming seasonal or disappearing altogether. Wetlands are drying up. Salt water is intruding inland in many coastal areas, and land is subsiding under cities. Pollution is increasingly threatening those supplies that are available” (Giordano, 2009, p. 153). Christians can do simple things, that when multiplied across this nation, can have a profound effect on the water supply. Like men not ...

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...all the more” (Luke 12:48b). There is no excuse for a Christian to stand buy and do nothing, while their environment is slowly being destroyed. They have been given much; God requires them to take responsibility and to be good stewards of the environment.

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