Respect or Conserve the Environment?

Written by Joe Dardano

It is clear that God created the earth and that Christians should repsect the earth based on that premise. In Psalm 24:1-2
we read, “The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.” The message is clear for believers to respect all of creation and not harm it. But what about conservation? Are we to conserve the environment too? The idea goes against the creative power of the Living God. God is the God of creation. He creates all the time. To preach conservationism is to presume that our current environment is done growing. God is never done creating. God loves to plant, water and grow his creatures. So when people preach to save the whales or to hug a tree, the mindset is that of limitation. The assumption is that we cannot plant more trees or help grow the whale population. The emphasis should be on growing and creating, not conserving and limiting. God is an abundant God and can do all things. The mindset we need to adopt is found in Genesis 1:26-28, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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