Usually when we hear the words “Earth Day” or “environmentalist”, it’s possible that we could envision images of “tree huggers” or maybe a bunch of people in the streets protesting against various pieces of legislation.
But lost in the rhetoric of global climate change and environmental controls by the government, is the fact that environmentalism (in its purist definition), is central to the Bible…and our roles as human beings:
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:28
Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and is also an author and speaker on the application of the Biblical world view to economics, government, and environmental policy.
He says the aforementioned verse is the key to how Christian ‘stewardship’ differentiates itself from modern environmentalist movements:
But Beisner says that to “subdue the earth” doesn’t mean we can let abuse of its resources run rampant:
“Obviously we don’t want to waste energy. We don’t want to waste food or any other material object. We should be careful with these things. God demonstrates Himself the fact that He wants a good return on His investments…in the parable of the talents, He rewards those who multiply what He entrusts to them…God wants to see us be efficient, not wasting, and to enhance what He has given to us.”
Dr. Beisner recently joined Faith Radio Mornings to share more about having a Christian worldview on environmental issues like global warming and use of fossil fuels. You can hear that full interview below:
Additionally, visit the Cornwall Alliance for Care of Creation, or listen to an even further in-depth discussion of Christian stewardship of creation between Neil Stavem and Dr. Beisner on Connecting Faith.