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So how much do you love trees now? I have to admit, I have never cried when I saw one that had been cut down. Should I have? Do Christians have any responsibility toward the environment?
It seems like I hear Christians talking about environmentalists like they are all atheists. I even have some curriculum in my office that lumps “environmentalists and atheists” into the same category. It seems like there is a responsibility of Christians to care for the environment when we read Genesis 1:28. Here God creates mankind and gives him (and her) the command to “subdue it” and “have dominion” over it. In the words of one of my former seminary professors, “we were put here to be God’s gardeners.” If this is true, how would God want us to care for his garden? Does the way we care for the earth have any reflection on how we feel about the one who created it?
I am not saying we put trees, plants, and/or animals in the same category as humans. It is also clear from Genesis 1:27 that humans are created in the image of God (and only humans), which gives them an inherent greater value than all of the rest of creation. I am saying that God gave us (humans) the responsibility of caring for his creation. Christians should be on the front lines of the battle for a greener, more responsible world. Unfortunately, I do not think this is true.
What do you think?