So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” – Genesis 1:27-28
My wife and I once took the trip of a lifetime to the lower peninsula of Alaska. The sights and scenery were amazing and truly awe-inspiring. In spite of all the evolutionary speeches from our guides, we (who are committed creationists) were blessed to hear and gain a detailed understanding of how elementary forces (driven by an Almighty God) shaped that rugged land. As the chief of His creation (mankind), we also pondered our own responsibility to take care of it. What must we do with this power and rule we have been given?
God told Adam and Eve to reign over, fill, and rule everything that He had made. This was a lot of power to handle and, well, we know how that turned out. While I would not consider myself an environmentalist, as a follower of Christ I believe I need to take care of that which God has created. I also believe that God’s creation exists for us to use. In other words, it is a resource to be stewarded, not abused.
Without a doubt, there are many people in the world who place more value on an owl’s egg than a human embryo, but this is not a biblical position or idea. Honor God’s creation. Care for it, but don’t worship it.
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. – Charles Dickens
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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