Wednesday, February 21, 2007

That enviromental piece pt 1

1. This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!
Maltie B Babcock
It is time that we as Christians reclaimed the doctrine of creation. For too long for fear of appearing as pagan earth lovers we have left environmental concerns to others or worse still have done nothing. Francis Schaffer in his book pollution and the death of man argues that in fact Christians have to answer for a lot of blame for how western society has exploited and polluted the earth. Schaffer believes that the mandate to rule and subdue the earth that was given to man in the Garden in Genesis 1:26
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
has provided the impetus and theological framework that has allowed western society in particular to become one of the biggest destroyers of the earth’s environment today. How then are we as Christians to respond to this statement? I will attempt to answer that question in my next post.
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