Living Justly:  Our Creation Belongs to God Too!

Colossians 1:15-20 tells us that all things are made and sustained by God, and exist for Him. Christ redeems and reconciles all things … and He invites us to participate. Christ’s reconciliation is carried out, in part, by the way we live our lives right where we are. God has put each of us, as part of his church on earth, in a particular place as His stewards.

There are many organizations with resources to help us become aware of how we are to steward God’s creation:

1. Christian Reformed Church: Office of Social Justice

“Christians who are concerned for social justice shouldn’t consider creation care and justice as separate or unrelated issues. Indeed, environmental degradation often first and most affects poor and vulnerable populations.”

Available resources include devotions, worship and educational resources, the Creation Stewardship Report, and advocacy tools.

2. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)

“Wondering what on earth we’re doing? Looking for an inspiring, relevant, and practical resource on ecological justice issues?” Visit the CPJ website for resources and information.

New Resources are available! Click here to find sermon notes, workshops, prayers and other worship resources related to the call to action around the UN Climate Summit (September, 2014).

The book Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, written by Canadian Christians is an excellent resource for individuals, small groups, and congregations. More Information

3. Reformed Church

“Discover how the Bible can shape how you see the world and influence how you live.”  View the various resources, including a Caring For Creation Curriculum.

4. A Rocha

This international, Christian organization engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects.  Resources include sermons, manuals and guides.

 5. KAIROS  (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives)

KAIROS believes that “climate justice involves making real reductions in carbon emissions as well as addressing the social and economic inequities between the rich and poor.” Resources for education, action and worship are available.

Read:

Basney, Lionel.  An Earth-Careful Way of Life:  Christian Stewardship and the Environmental Crisis

  • The author shows what can be recovered through a careful way of living life and calls us back to our basic human task of being gardeners.

Berry, R.J., ed.  The Care of Creation:  Focusing Concern and Action

  • This book is a stimulating and provocative international commentary by leading theologians and environmental practitioners.

Bjelland, Mark., Steven C. Bouma-Prediger, et al.  Living the Good Life on God’s Earth

  • Written by a team of 12 Christian environmentalists, this book is a compelling invitation to be caretakers of God’s good earth in our daily living. 

Bouma-Prediger, Steven.  For the Beauty of the Earth:  A Christian Vision for Creation Care

  • Caring for the environment is a growing interest among evangelicals. This award-winning book provides a thorough evangelical treatment on a theology of creation care.

DeWitt, Calvin B.  Earthwise:  A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care (third edition).

  • Calvin B. DeWitt, a nationally recognized authority on environmental issues, describes in detail the wonders of God’s creation, how fallen humanity has abused it, and how Christians can respond. Discussion questions are included.

McKibben, Bill.  Earth:  Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

  • We’ve passed the tipping point for dramatic climate change, and our world will keep warming. This is not just our grandchildren’s problem -we’re living through the effects of climate change now, and it’s time for us to get creative about our survival.

McKibben, Bill.  The Comforting Whirlwind:  God, Job and the Scale of Creation.

  • Taking Job’s encounter with God in the whirlwind as a model, McKibben urges an approach to nature that is grounded in joyous celebration of its wonder and beauty as well as in a humbler perception of our place in it.

Sleeth, Matthew.  Serve God, Save the Planet:  A Christian Call to Action.

  • Sleeth, former emergency room physician, lays out the rationale for environmentally responsible life changes and a how-to guide for making those changes. This is a hopeful invitation to re-imagine the way we live is offered.

White, Robert S.  Creation in Crisis:  Christian Perspectives on Sustainability.

  • This survey highlights – from both scientific and theological points of view – the seriousness of environmental degradation and climate change, the root causes and possible solutions, and the contribution of Christian thinking to these issues.

Wilkinson, Loren, Peter DeVos, Calvin DeWitt, et al., Earthkeeping in the Nineties:  Stewardship of Creation (1991).

  • Ever since its original publication over a decade ago, Earthkeeping has presented a thought-provoking, biblically based call for responsible stewardship in view of the continuing environmental crisis worldwide and in light of increased ecological awareness.