Loving God’s World: Christian Faith and the Environment

Nicole at 168 Hours has posted an excellent series on Christian faith and the environment:

I think the answer to how we should view God’s world as Christians can be found in looking at two ways that the Bible teaches us to love the world, and two ways that we are not to love the world (depending on what you mean by ‘world’ and what you mean by ‘love’).

You can read the four articles in the series at the links below.

Two ways we are not to love the world:

  1. The Idolatry of Nature Worship
  2. The Idolatry of Greed

Two ways we are to love the world:

  1. Sharing God’s Delight in the Creation
  2. Loving the People Who Share the Earth with Us

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Related posts: God’s Good Creation Series

3 Comments

  1. John Wheaton says:

    This is a favorite topic of mine. God created this world, this universe, and placed a responsibility on our forebears to be in dominion over it. I do not think that granted the right to ravage it, but to be “good rulers” and treat it fairly. The world, and the environment, is God’s creation, after all. Treating it poorly is a bit like spitting in His face, to put it crassly.

    Worshiping Nature and being responsible stewards can look a lot alike at times (pick up trash, recycle, reforestation, protecting endangered animals, seeking alternative fuels/energy, etc.). The obvious importance is to know the difference, and behave accordingly. We would be irresponsible to be so fixated on “everlasting glory” that we neglect taking care of what has essentially been put at our mercy.

  2. Sharon Gamble says:

    This is a favorite topic of mine, too. We can be good stewards of the earth without worshiping the earth. One of the ways God tells us about Himself is through showing us the beauty and majesty of His creation. Let’s take care of it. (And when I look at a particularly glorious sunset or mountainscape or ocean view…I am awestruck at the thought that Heaven is even better. Hard to imagine.)

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    John – I agree. This is God’s world, and he expects us to take care of it. We are called to be responsible stewards.

    Sharon – And then heaven is also described as “new heavens and a new earth.” I always loved C.S. Lewis’ description of Aslan’s Country in The Last Battle where it was “like” Narnia and yet even more beautiful.

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