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Imagine a community of people who live simply and ethically so that they can generously share their resources with others, a community that values and cares for the environment …
As Christ followers we have a responsibility to care for and steward God’s green earth.
David wrote in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.” People. Land. Plants. Trees. Water. Sky. Animals. Fish. Birds. Reptiles. You name it. Everything belongs to the Lord.
The very first command that God gave to the first man and woman in Genesis 1:28 was, “Fill the earth and subdue it.” To subdue the earth means to rule or take authority over it. It doesn’t mean to misuse it, abuse it, trash it, or even worship it.
God has a dream for this planet. He’s out to redeem it, restore it, and resurrect it. One day he will bring heaven to this earth so that he can dwell among his people. That’s the dream of God. And knowing that motivates us to care for the environment in a way that pleases our Creator.
We take seriously the call to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We pay attention to issues like global warming and look for ways to reduce our “carbon footprint.” We curb consumption and seek to conserve resources for the generations to follow. And we do it all as act of worship for the one who created it, owns it, and plans to renew it all.