Should Christians Care For The Environment?

Christianity’s claim to care for the environment is an issue that has been challenged from both inside and outside the church. The Christian faith is accused of holding to a theology that encourages exploitation of the environment. This is based on both a misreading of Scripture as well as the unfortunate practice of some Christians.env blog 1

God however, created the world, holds everything together, and reconciles all things through Jesus Christ. Since the days of the early church, followers of Jesus Christ have known the remarkable teaching of Colossians 1:15-20 and for centuries prior to the Incarnation, God had also been affirmed as Creator. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it (Psalm 24:1) and He cares for the land and waters it (Psalm 65:9). God provided us with this for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6: 17) and put him (man) in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). Everything we read suggests God loves the Earth, cares for it and wants us to look after it and enjoy it.

env blog 2As a result, we shouldn’t neglect, injure, abuse, degrade, dissipate, corrupt, marr, or ruin the earth. To do this, damages what is precious to God. Looking after Earth, nature, creation, whatever you want to call it, is for Christians, a responsibility and as such we need to step up and do something about looking after it. Caring and making an effort is not going to turn anyone into a New Ager, Hippy or Tree Hugger, although some of us have been called these (and more) over the years. So, ask yourself what can YOU do. It doesn’t need to be big, just something. DO an internet search and see how you can reduce your use of harmful products, reuse products for something else or recycle a product. Don’t be complacent – do something to help the environment and please God.

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