We Are God's Caretakers Essay

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God created man “so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”(New Revised Standard Edition, Genesis 1:26) Because He created us to be the caretakers of the Earth, we as Christians should be especially aware of our impact on the environment. Sometimes, humans believe our dominion over the Earth gives us the liberty to take everything the Earth has to offer for our own benefit. Though God made us the “ruler over the works of His hands” (Ps. 8:6), He did not give us leave to take advantage of this great gift. As Christians, we should disregard the assumption that we can just use and abuse the Earth because it is ours. We should work with God, within his laws, to take care of His creation. This way, Christians will guarantee the fragile nature of the ecology is nurtured and protected for generations today and in the future (Gassaway, 2009). Like many other world religions, Christianity embraces the fact that God is holy, and everything He created with his hands is holy as well. This “holiness” requires all Christians to care for God’s creations with veneration and honor. This includes the air above our heads and the earth beneath our feet. It is easy to succumb to temptation and “satisfy humanity at humanity at the expense of God”(Baldwin, 2006). It is easy to ignore the way we destroy the eco-structure of the planet to take care of our own needs. However, we must remain strong in our knowledge that all is created by God and should be cared for in the manner to which it deserves. In the individual parish and congregations, Christians should start by creating vision and mission statements that show that we are aware of our responsibility to the earth and take it very seriously. For instance, Christians should

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