Continuing our summer Bloggin' the 28 project, La Sierra University M.Div student (and recent student missionary in Thailand) Jared Wright applies fundamental belief number 6: Creation to contemporary Adventist life. He writes: Taking care of God’s creation isn’t simply a matter of using resources in a responsible manner, it means treating the earth in such a way that human impact betters our environment. Jesus drew out this principle in his parable of talents given to several servants. Clearly, when God gives, He provides opportunities for betterment and improvement of His gifts. (It’s interesting to think that even after God saw that all He had made was “good”, there was room for people to continue to improve it!) The imagery employed in Genesis of God’s spirit hovering over the earth is very similar language to the words Jesus used when he described a mother hen brooding over its chicks. The imagery is not primarily one of protection, but rather of moving over and stimulating to life and growth – making it all come alive! Considering that imagery, it seems that implicit in the account of God’s creating is a strong sense in which this creation must be preserved, stimulated and fostered. Creation care not only implies environmental stewardship, but also careful attention to all created things: plants, animals, and people.Read and comment here.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4185