While many people across the world celebrate Earth Day, Christians often ponder how to be good stewards of God’s creation. It’s important to note biblical and practical ideas related to creation care to better understand our role as managers of the earth God has entrusted to us. Here are three thoughts to consider about creation care.
1. Why Should Creation Care Matter?
Biblically speaking, our environment is part of God’s creation. Just as we’re called to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27), we’re called to watch over the earth. Let’s look at a few verses to better understand why caring for the earth matters.
In Genesis 1, we find God’s design for creation: Humanity is His representative on earth.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth'” (Genesis 1:26-28).
“For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
* Adapted from Manage: Caring for All God Entrusted to Us, a Bible study from Threads by Micah Carter and Fred “Chip” Luter III