Ray Bohlin

Ray Bohlin work on this subject is spot on.  His article is titled Christian Environmentalism and it was contributed by Probe Ministries.  He wrote:

“God is the Creator of nature, not part of nature.  He transcends nature (Gen. 1-2; Job 38-41; Ps. 19, 24, 104; Rom 1:18-20; Col. 1:16-17).  All of nature, including man, is equal in its origin.  Nature has value in and of itself because God created it.  Nature’s value is intrinsic; it will not change because the fact of its creation will not change.  The rock, the trees, and the cat deserve our respect because God made them to be as they are.  But a responsibility goes along with bearing the image of God.  In its proper sense, man’s rule and dominion over the earth is that of a steward or a caretaker, not a reckless exploiter.  Man is not sovereign over the lower orders of creation.  Ownership is in the hands of the Lord.  God told Adam and Eve to cultivate and keep the garden (Gen. 2:15), and we may certainly use nature for our benefit, but we may only use it as God intends.  An effective steward understands that which he oversees….”

Mr. Bohlin goes on to say:

‘While God intended us to live in harmony with nature, we have more often than not been at odds with nature.  This reality tells us that man has not fulfilled his mandate.  The source of our ecological crisis lies in man’s fallen nature and the abuse of his dominion.  Man is a rebel who has set himself at the center of the universe.  He has exploited created things as though they were nothing in themselves and as though he has an autonomous right to do so.  Man’s abuse of his dominion becomes clear when we look at the value we place on time and money.  Our often-uncontrolled greed and haste have led to the deterioration of the environment.  We evaluate projects almost exclusively in terms of their potential impact on humans.  Christians we must treat nature as having value in itself, and we must be careful to exercise dominion without being destructive.  The Bible contains numerous examples of the care with which we are expected to treat the environment.  Leviticus 25:1-12 speaks of the care Israel was to have for the land.  Deuteronomy 25:4 and 22:6 indicates the proper care for domestic animals and a respect for wildlife.  In Isaiah 5:8-10 the Lord judges those who have misused the land.  Job 38:25-28 and Psalm 104:27-30 speak of God’s nurture and care for His creation.  Psalm 104 tells us that certain places were made with certain animals in mind.  This would make our national parks and wilderness preserves a biblical concept.  And Jesus spoke on two occasions of how much the Father cared for even the smallest sparrow (Matt. 6:26, 10:29).  How can we do less?  I believe that as Christians we have a responsibility to the earth that exceeds that of unredeemed people.  We are the only ones who are rightly related to the Creator.  We should be showing others the way to environmental responsibility.  The church has failed in its mission of steward of the earth.”