Earth Day 2015 April 22, 2015 10:54
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)
The first command given to man by God was to "have dominion" (Genesis 1:28). This dominion was not to look tyrannical, it was to take the form of faithful stewardship. The question that I ask myself is: "How can I faithfully steward the Earth"? I know where to begin, but could use some help with the next steps. I'll begin with four points and eagerly await reading your suggestions.
- Educate myself to better understand the Earth. (How can I steward if I don't have a clue how it works?)
- Educate my posterity. (I have a responsibility to ensure my children understand the earth so that they can faithfully steward)
- Be mindful that I am not in control of what happens. The Earth is the Lord's (Psalm 24:1) and He alone is responsible for the results. (We have a great looking T-Shirt with this same theme) :-)
- Encourage those I have influence with to engage the culture in this area with a Christian worldview. (Ultimately climate change, pollution, and animal extinction the result of man's sin. Man's severed relationship with his creator is absolutely the MOST important thing)
I have included a beautiful song by Laura Story that I think is appropriate for the day. Suggestion... Listen to this song while wearing your Paraclete Tees T-Shirt. :-)