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God’s words in Genesis 1-2, the very rst that we have, are in sharp contrast to the once-prevalentand still persistent interpretation o “dominion” that many people, even many Christians, use tosanction environmental destruction in the name o progress—even in the name o God.The creation is by nature destined or the common good o past, present and uture generations.Our dominion over the natural world, granted by the Creator, is not absolute; it is limited byconcern or the quality o lie o our neighbors, including those yet to be born. It requires humilityand awed respect or the integrity o the whole o creation.God means or us to steward the Earth and its creatures with mercy, justice, and compassion. As Jesuswas the ultimate servant leader, we are to ollow his example in our “dominion” over the Earth. Putsimply, creation care o God’s earth is necessary i we are to love God and love what he loves.Another reason God calls us to care or his planet is because environmental degradation isparticularly hurts the poor. They, who usually live in areas vulnerable to foods, drought, andother natural disasters, all o which damage ood production, oten suer rst and most rom theeects o neglect and degradation o God’s creation. In particular, our ailure to care or creationhas led to a change in the earth’s climate.For the poor, climate change is neither ction nor a ar threat, but a present-day reality. Climatechange is a natural disaster intensier: making foods ore erce, drought more chronic andsevere, and hurricanes harsher. This increase in the intensity and numbers o natural disasters arejeopardizing the ability o poor communities to grow crops, access water, and house and eedthemselves. These cumulative events, stemming rom environmental degradation and climatechange, has pushed many back into poverty.Creation care is an expression o our love or God and, as an extension, our love or the poor;it also ullls our charge to be good stewards. In the nal analysis, i we do not consider theeects o environmental degradation caused by our own actions, we are not serving the poor.We are actually working
them. There is simply no question that a right relationship withour environment, that is, with God’s creation, is our responsibility as Christians. It is similar toand interwoven with our responsibility to care or the poor. Afuent Christians, who have theresources, can make a very real dierence in this area.Let us hear the words o Jesus when he says that to whom much has been given, much will berequired (Luke 12:48). We have been given much. Let’s do all we can to work with the poor bycaring or creation to the best o our abilities.
- Adapted rom a resource by Nils von Kalm, ANCP Coordinator, World Vision Australia
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