Christianity Actions Taken to Preserve and Restore Our Environment Essay

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Toulmin Model argument in response to one of the following prompts:

• What specific action(s) should Christians take regarding the environment and its preservation or restoration?

Active in 15 countries, "Target Earth" is a group of individuals, churches, college fellowship and various ministries that are Christian protectors for everything that God created. The group feeds the hungry, saves endangered animals, rebuilds forests, and serves as active voice for environmental concerns. The groups mission is "Serving the Earth, Serving the Poor," which defines their connection of Christianity to environmentalism as they see it (Target Earth.com).

The news media is full of warnings that deal with environmental issues of one kind or the other be it global warming, endangered species, extinction of the rain forest, pollution, nuclear accidents, and so forth. The Christian community seems to apply less attention to these issues than they do to others. It may be because we regard these issues as New Ageism or 'liberal' or that the world anyway will be destroyed after a millennium, or simply that God, patron of this world, will somehow or other set things right.

Yes, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" (Psalms 24:1), but God also made us his feudal assistants, in charge of His mansion and proprietors in His lieu (Beisner, 1990).

On a deeper and less visible manner, we also have to care simply due to the fact that the environment is crowding out our race and destroying both man and animals as well as wreaking unnatural transformations and degradations to God's world. Calvin DeWitt (1991), in his book The Environment and the Christian, list s seven aberrations that are occurring to the earth:

1. wilderness and natural agricultural land are being converted to urban use with increasingly less of the land retaining its original God-ordained natural character

2. As many as three species per day become extinct. They cannot be reclaimed or reborn.

3. DDT may less widely be used but other harmful pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, take its place in degrading our Earth.

4. Hazardous chemical continue to pollute the water and destroy sea life. Treatment of these hazardous chemicals and waste is inadequate.

5. Pollution is affecting distant realms of the earth that harming innocent, unrelated creatures. Penguins, for instance, have been found with DDT, and human sewage has reached Antarctica!

6. The atmosphere seems to be shrinking, and whether the warming is caused due to fossil fuels or whether the ozone layer is being corroded due to inhalants and other pollutants -- this is still the environment that we live in and that our children and fellow humans share.

7. Christian groups, such as the Mennonites and Amish that live and work in natural environments are being crowded out with their homes turned into clusters of urbanity.

The Bible exhorts care for the environment. We are the ones who yield enormous power over His creations; In fact, never before have we held as much power as now. And what we are, in reality doing, is annihilating His creatures at a daily rate.

We are created and told from the very start (at least Adam, and through him, his descendants) to care for the universe and to protect it (Gen. 2:15). God created us, we are His minions. He was pleased with the world that He created it. We need to preserve it.

The Bible has various laws that exonerate respect for the environment and for God's creatures. Leviticus, for…

Sources Used in Document:

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Beisner, E. Calvin. (1990) Prospects for Growth: a Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future. Westchester, Ill.: Crossway Books,.

DeWitt, Calvin B., Ed. (1991) The Environment and the Christian: What Can We Learn from the New Testament? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House,.

Target Earth http://christianteens.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=christianteens&cdn=religion&tm=294&f=20&tt=3&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.targetearth.org/

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