Relationship Between Christianism And Environmental Stewardship

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The terms ‘conservation’ and ‘environmentalism’ often bear negative stigmas: images of activists chained to trees and of people engaging in physical conflicts over the practice of whale harvesting sometimes come to mind when we hear words associated with environmental protection. As Christians, we recognize that human life is far more important in the eyes of the Creator than is the life of any other creature, no matter how rare. Yet does this truth immediately release us from responsibility to the natural world? I do not believe that it does. Although the Bible does not specifically mention the ozone hole or climate changes caused by carbon dioxide emissions, it is very clear from Scripture that God cares about the world He has made. As a …show more content…
Why should Christians care about this world if God will someday replace it with a perfect earth? There are many possible answers to this question, but I will discuss only two. First, God though created the earth for His own pleasure and he wants us to “share in His pleasure,” it ultimately was created for Him (Van Dyke, 2006, p. 54-55). This is where anthropocentric ethics fails. While God does intend for us to use natural resources, they exist for His glory and pleasure first and foremost. If He knows and loves the sparrows that fall to the ground, then He also cares about how we treat the environment. We glorify Him when we properly steward ecosystems because it demonstrates both that we care to know Him through His creation and that we want to honor Him by learning about how His world operates. Second, the reasons for environmental restoration are similar to the reasons for sanctification. We might wonder if it is wasted effort to care for the natural world since God will create a second earth, yet similar reasoning could also lead us to ask why we should pursue righteousness before we reach Heaven. After all, we will someday receive glorified bodies and it is impossible for us to become practically holy in our current condition. Ultimately, however, obedience to God is never a destination: it is a …show more content…
The truth is that we should care for all of creation because God called all of it “very good” (Alcorn, 2004, p. 88). Whether or not a given element of an ecosystem is useful to humans, all biotic and abiotic things have intrinsic value and deserve to be honored as creations of God. As individuals, we cannot solve every environmental problem that arises, yet stewards are not called to manage things that have not been given to them. We should not be so focused on the ‘large’ issues that we fail to be good stewards of the ecosystems within our immediate sphere of

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