Environmental Stewardship Resources for the Local Church

            "God saw everything that He had made, and, indeed, it was very good."  The perfection of nature was set in motion, with all the beauty of a sunset, the power of a hurricane, the wonder of birth, the majesty of a redwood forest, and the complexities of an ant colony.  A divine eco-system, it functions in splendid harmony, capable of sustaining itself indefinitely, renewing, recreating, regenerating itself in a never-ending cycle of life and death.

But, what must God think of God's creation now?  Now that humankind has stomped into the midst of the garden, gouged chunks out of the earth to fulfill its appetite for energy, breathed toxins into the air as a by-product of technology, spat pollutants into the life-giving water supply, and stripped the land of its beauty, its resources, and its wildlife, sending our fragile ecological web spiraling out of control, destined for destruction.

God gave human beings "dominion" over the creation.  Dominion is defined as sovereignty or power.  In giving us sovereignty over the earth, did God intend for us to render it contaminated and depleted, incapable of sustaining life?  Does the sovereign destroy the kingdom?
As Christians and as the church, we must ask ourselves:  are we called to be "dominators" of the earth?  Or should we be "caretakers" in the garden?  Has God given us a license to plunder the creation?  Or are we called to earth stewardship?

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for God has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers."
Psalm 24:1-2

            Over and over, the Psalmist delights in praising God's handiwork.  There is no question that the majesty of creation is God's doing and that we are but recipients of a gift that requires only that we cherish it.

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