Why Should We Care for Creation?

Creation care seems like a white suburban issue to me. Why should I care, as a Christian?

It makes perfect sense that creation care issues do not appear to match pressing justice issues such as poverty, immigration, or abortion. However, as a former urban pastor, creation stewardship matters in all geographical locations around the world, especially in cities.

I lived near the most polluted body of water in Michigan for more than 20 years. I saw people fishing for dinner, children wading in the waters, and homeless people sleeping near the creek. As a Reformed Christian, I believe God cares deeply about how we steward the Earth as faithful people of God. It matters that the creek becomes safe for all of God’s creatures. It matters that we redeem the creek. This is part of my faith because God holds me responsible for taking care of his good, green Earth.

Urban Christians must take seriously this creation mandate. The Lord cares deeply how we use the natural resources that contribute to the life, health, and flourishing of people in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. God’s Earth blesses all people no matter the race, color, or creed. We care because God cares.

Please find ways to immerse yourself in creation care at your church or in your neighborhood. Seek God’s guidance as you discern the best way to put your faith into action to redeem God’s gifts of earth, water, and sky.

About the Author

Reginald Smith is director of race relations and social justice for the Christian Reformed Church. He attends Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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This post lacks biblical connection points. Not that I'm saying that I don't uphold the necessity and our responsibility as creation-care stewards. Genesis 1:28-30 teaches us that God has given us responsibility over all living creatures, both plants and animals. As R.C. Sproul says, "Fundamentally, stewardship is about exercising our God-given dominion over His creation, reflecting the image of our creator God in His care, responsibility, maintenance, protection, and beautification of His creation." I wish that the author had taken the time to bring biblical texts to underscore the need and reason for creation care, rather than an article that seems to be opinion or subjective reasoning. Also, I'm not sure I understand where the concept of "redeem or redemption" spoken throughout the article is coming from?

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