Summary: I am a firm believe that while the Bible contains the Word of God that speaks to every area of our lives, we as Christians have allowed the world to take the lead on ethical, moral, and even spiritual issues. And environmental responsibility is one area
Christian Environmental Responsibility
Sermon by CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews
All scripture marked ESV: The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001, S.
1. In my stay in Iraq this year, I have notice one image that is repeatedly on my mind and that is the image homes in the midst of heaps of trash. This is not a slam on the county of Iraq, but a direct result of one of the many problems that is going on here.
In Iraq, we know firsthand that there are many problems that are going on—terrorist attacks, poverty, government stabilization and agricultural sustainability. All of these problems seem to outweigh the massive environmental mess that is present.
2. But that leads me to ask the question…what is our excuse?
We live in the strongest country in the world—militarily, economically, constitutionally, and even agriculturally—although we seem to be losing ground which I will touch on later. We have our ups and downs in each of these areas—and we could probably debate the validity of that statement. However, I think we would all conclude that we are leading the world in most if not all of these areas.
But, we are constantly not at the top of environmental responsibility or even awareness that there is a problem at all.
3. A study by the Pew Research Center found that less than 50% of the US Population believes there is solid evidence of Global Warming because of human activity. And less than 50% of the Protestant believe this to be true.
This is not a sermon on Global Warming, but the reluctance for Christians to acknowledge that Humans have an effect on the climate is indicative of our reluctance to be active in environmental issues.
Christians should be in the lead on this issue.
A recent study conducted by LifeWay Research states that 49% of Pastors address Environmental Issues rarely or never.
4. We are not in the lead; we have taken the back seat.
I am a firm believe that while the Bible contains the Word of God that speaks to every area of our lives, we as Christians have allowed the world to take the lead on ethical, moral, and even spiritual issues. And environmental responsibility is one area in which we have taken a back seat or have even judged the environmental movement as foolish or evil.
It is time that this perception changes.
5. We, as Christians, must become the leaders of the environmental movement.
God has given us a specific task to be proactive in environmental issues.
6. Genesis 1:28 says:
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.” (Ge.1:28, ESV)
Filling the earth, subduing it, and having dominion over all of the animals means that we must take responsibility of them.
We are to be good stewards of our environment and we are failing in this task.
7. In the area of air quality. The Scientific American Earth 3.0 magazine states that;