We humans were created to take care of and protect God’s creation. Our sin has made it difficult for us to clearly see the role and tasks gardeners and stewards must play. We and our students need to reclaim the world/universe and relearn how to treat all things contained in it (natural resources, environment, water, trees, farm land) with respect. By doing this we respect the One who gave us this job!
In our global economy, this earth-keeping is not only about stewarding the environment, it is about the challenge of living lives that balance our wants and needs with those of other people, people living in other areas of the world and those still to come.
We are Earth-Keepers when we steward the natural resources that God has created and entrusted to us for our management and enjoyment. Our aim in focusing on this through-line is to help students understand their role and respond to God’s call to be stewards of His creation. In our global economy, earth-keeping is not only about stewarding the environment, it’s about the challenge of living lives that balance our wants and needs with those of other people. This means those living close by and those living on the other side of the world from us, both now and for the future. The Biblical story is one of restoration, of people to be sure, but in its fullness of all creation. We hope to instill in our students a deep understanding of their role and responsibility as caretakers of Creation; We are Earth-Keepers!
Passages to ponder related to being an Earth Keeper: Psalm 65; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 28:23-29