Sit back for a moment and reflect on all the details and complexities that went into the process of the creation of the world.

God specifically penciled out the shape of each of the millions of flowers on Earth, blended the watercolors and matched the leaves to the petals. He decided which varieties should grow in the various climates, how they should group themselves on the edge of a hill in early spring, and how they should lay a carpet across a meadow. He added trees and shrubs and brushed in hundreds of varieties of grasses. He strategically placed waterfalls, rivers and underground springs to bubble over the rocks and provide sustenance to the delicate plants.

And that is just the beginning.

Yet it is curious how many Christians do not seem to care about being good stewards of God’s creation.

The Church has been silent for far too long on this issue. We have allowed those outside the faith to define our obligation to care for the garden. We have, in fact, withdrawn from our duty to tend it. Worse, we have often labeled people who do care for the earth as “liberal,” or something worse. When we care for the environment, we show our deep respect for the Creator in much the same way we would admire the work of a great artist in a museum.

Next time you pass a rose, stop and smell it. After all, it’s naturally Christian to do so.

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Christians sometimes find it difficult to find common ground with people outside their faith. One way to come together with those who might not be Christians is to simply care for the earth by “greening” your city or community.

Among other ideas, you can: Adopt a block, plant a tree or create a mini-park for the community.
Pick the level that suits your situation. You may want to gather a group of friends, recruit members from your church, or join with other church groups in your region to take on the more ambitious projects.
  • Adopt a Block. Landscape the sidewalks or medians of a specific section of town—perhaps even a couple of city blocks
  • Stage a Cleanup. Offer to stage a trash cleanup event with your group in an area of your city that desperately needs to be picked clean of trash and rubbish.
  • Plant a Tree. Plant trees on city- or county-owned property that is unlikely to be developed.
  • Do Some Landscaping. Landscape a city monument or historical building.
  • Create a Minipark. This is not a large recreational facility, of course, but a walk-and-sit kind of place where you bring your picnic basket for a slow lunch.  
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One way that you can make a difference in our own community is to volunteer to make sure your church or school’s habits are friendly to the environment.

Three possibilities: Reduce paperwork, avoid waste, recycle.

Some of the ways that you can help green your church or school include:

  • Reduce Paperwork. Project announcements or any materials you are using for a presentation on a screen instead of printing them on a sheet of paper.
  • Avoid Waste. When possible, use plates, cups and silverware that can be washed.
  • Create a System. Create a simple recycling system, if there isn’t one in place, to collect all newspapers, magazines, used office paper and junk mail.
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