Article by Andrew Charalambous
Religion influences man for good. That is why when a new policy is introduced under a Christian umbrella, people are more likely to welcome it. Regarding the environment, Christians should be on the forefront in protecting the environment. While at first there may seem to be no connection between the two, a deep look into Christianity’s message shows a striking connection;
- Creation care shows acknowledgment of the creator; it is impossible to talk about the Christianity without mentioning the creator. As a supreme being to whom humans owe their very life, it would be a show of appreciation if Christians protected the environment in every possible way.
- Environmental stewardship strengthens the gospel; there is a growing sensitivity to environmental issues especially in the western lands. More people are now becoming conscious of their surroundings and appreciate the need to conserve natural resources. When Christians care for the planet, their message becomes even more convincing to their listeners. Deforestations have caused so much suffering, injustice and depletion of resources in developing countries. If Christian organizations are participating in such destructive habits, then their message will not be met with favor even on foreign lands.
- Ignorance leads to shame on Christianity; as people become more exposed to their rights, there is a tendency to ignore measures aimed at protecting the environment. Such lobbying groups should not be followed by Christians as they bring shame upon the gospel. They should be the in the fore front educating others and leading to global awareness campaigns.
Concern for the environment is a controversial issue that all Christians must have to contend with. The society today has a complacent view of the environment and efforts to preserve it are often met with greed and corruption. With such an influence, it might be all so easy to get influenced by such thinking. It is therefore upon Christians to strongly reject such selfish thinking and show a deep concern for the environment. Political debates and evangelical mission often clash.
Christians care for the environment should be well rounded in all aspects including subjective, emotional and active care. There is so much that can be done on a person’s level to show deep concern for our atmosphere. A Christian’s surrounding should be eco-friendly. With the wide availability of tree nurseries, it is even now possible to plant a forest tree right at your compound. This will promote a healthy circulation of air, get rid of pests, and provide you with a resting place under the scorching heat and many other more benefits.
The resources are often limited when it comes to providing care for the environment. There is so much time and money invested in dealing with other concern which are viewed as ‘more threatening’ like investing a car that is more fuel efficient, combating the HIV virus and fighting human trafficking. As such, environmental concern are often pushed in the background and this is where Christian stewardship comes into play. They actively advocate for protection of the environment.