This evening my first-grader will be part of an Earth-Day themed music program presented by her public elementary school. I will be proud of her as she sings her part in the chorus.
There are many different points of view about the care for our world. It is something that I hope Christians also make priority, by choosing to walk or take a bicycle on reasonable distances when we can and other small decisions that are better for our bodies and our planet. At the same time we also draw a firm distinction between what we believe about our world and some of the doctrines that spring from other faiths and secular approaches.
Evangelical Christians believe and teach that God created all things and made human beings to be special stewards in relationship both under God as servants and over the Earth and all other living creatures as masters. We do not agree that humanity is only equal in dignity with other creatures in the world, and we do not agree that being called to stewardship is being called to exploit and to waste. The Book of Revelation, chapter 11 verse 18 includes the statement that God in judgment will destroy “those who destroy the earth” (NIV). How we care for God’s Creation is important to God.
Our world was created beautiful by God, and forces in nature testify to the power of God. We do best in our stewardship when we cherish what God has made and conduct our mastery with an attitude of thanksgiving.