Paper: An Analysis of the Responsibility of the Christians on Earth

We have been given Gods word, and because of this we understand, better than most people, that it is a command from God to care for the earth. It is now our duty to take action on this and do our best to preserve and care for this earth, as well as to help others realize their responsibility. We must also guide others to realize that it is out of love and obedience to God that we do this, and not to please ourselves on the earth. How can Christians respond to this challenge of stewardship? With proper motivation, Christians can model themselves as the Lords caretakers of his creation. Using resources frugally, recycling, reusing instead of landfilling, and other resource-conscious activities will demonstrate our sense of Christian environmental ethics. Some activities will not be easy. Some seemingly may be counterproductive in a materialistic world. But whose world is it, anyway? It is a product of an all-powerful God. It is hard for us to overcome our lazy sinful nature, which convinces us that as long as the earth is not hurting us at this time, we do not need to worry about it, and can put it off for future generations. Our motivation cannot be to do whatever makes us happier. It cannot even be to try to make a better world for our children and grandchildren. We should not care for the earth, thinking that we are going to save the earth from destruction by things like global warming, or nuclear waste. This is not scriptural. In 2 Peter 3:10, God tells us that he will destroy the earth by fire. Our motivation should be purely to obey what God has commanded us to do. We know that God, in his infinite wisdom, has a plan for the earth. All we need to do is trustingly obey what he has commanded us. In conclusion, God has given us a responsibility. He commanded us to rule over his creation and care for it. We have to often overlooked this responsibility, and we need to pray for God to lead us to faithfully obey his command....