As technology has advanced, our ability to learn about the world around us has also increased. In this increase, man has learned more, and more about the delicate balance of the ecosystem. This, in turn, has heightened concern about the ozone, global warming, deforestation, and many other, now important, environmental issues. Some special interest groups have even arisen. A group such as Green Peace, Save Our Streams, etc. Many people have formed opinions on man’s role in maintaining. The environment has become increasingly important to people everywhere.
But what stance should A Christian take? Are there biblical principles that govern our treatment of the environment? Should we even care?
First, let me address the last question. God has not called us to be ignorant of the issues surrounding us. Southeastern student Jamie Bell when asked about his views on the environment said, “It doesn’t matter what we do. We are all going to die one day so it doesn’t matter.
” This clearly illustrates the views of a large sect of the Christian population. Believers sharing Jamie’s view can also be grouped with those who believe that due to the imminent rapture we don’t have to care either. While at least a part of these arguments is very true: our time on earth is limited whether by death or by rapture. This, however, does not afford us the privilege of holding a lethargic view of the issue. Why? Because the Bible states that we are to carry on as normal until the day of his (the Lord’s] return.
So we have a charge to care about the environment. Now the next question is, is there a particular stance that believers should take towards the environment?
There is a distinct stance that Christians should take toward the environment surrounding us. When Man has initially formed in the Garden of Eden Genesis 2:15 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” This passage charges man with responsibility to the environment. The last phrase “take care of” by Webster’s definition means, “to attend to or provide for the needs, operation, treatment of.”(Webster’s Diction