Love Your Neighbour, Love Your Environment

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Love Your Neighbour, Love Your Environment Caring For God’s Creation In society today, many Christians would agree that the highest command is to “love your neighbor as yourself”(Matt 22:39); however, I believe that being responsible stewards of God’s creation goes hand-in-hand with that command. Caring for creation is all a part of loving God; you cannot separate one from the other. How can one worship the creator, yet destroy His creation? A Rocha is a Christian environmental organization, that was originally established in Portugal, in 1983 and began its work in Canada in 2000. To love one’s environment, is to love one’s neighbor; for example, a smoker is not only harming one’s self, but the world and the people around them. This means preventing activities that would be harmful, such as, toxic substances, air and water pollution. Unfortunately, many Christians view caring for the environment as worshipping nature or being a “hippie”. However, the A Rocha organization – Environmental Stewards, moves away from that view as they fulfill the Great command to love God, and to love what God loves. The earth is sacred because it was created and is sustained by God. We cannot claim to love God and continue to abuse and destroy what He has created. We are instructed to respect and care for the earth, but it is clear that we are not to worship the earth, for this would be idolatry. In the beginning of the book of Genesis, God created the earth and He called it good. He then created man in His own image and said to them “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion…over every living thing that moves on earth” (Gen 1:28). Dominion means that we are supposed to be responsible stewards of His creation. Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden, and God’s first command to mankind was to care for His creation. We are commanded to
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