From Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahberg ~

Scripture makes is clear that we are caretakers and stewards of all that God has made.  In the Old Testament, God’s people were to make sure the land and animals had a sabbath rest (Leviticus 25).  Just because land could yield crops every year and animals could work every day did not mean that they should.  God has asked us to respect the created order.  For when we exploit this beautiful world we harm not just land and animals and air but ourselves as well.  Environmental degradation increases the labor of those who already struggle to find water and collect natural resources.  Economic productivity is never the last word when we are dealing with limited natural resources.

Often we believe that landowners have the right to determine what happens on their land.  If the owners want to fill wetlands, if the owners want to build a huge concrete parking lot, if the owners want to post “No Trespassing” signs, if the owners want to cut down rain forests, it is their land and they can do as they please.  This mindset neglects the truth that this planet does not belong to us but to God.  “The sea is his for he made it,/and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:5).  This world belongs to the Creator, and it is ours only in trust and by divine delgation.  Genesis 2:15 recount God’s cultural mandate to Adam and Eve: The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

 Creation is God’s gift and it is to be nurtured and maintained with love and care.  ~