The care of creation has never been more in the spot light with the consideration of Environmental issues continuing to dominate global consciousness. But as people of faith how do we respond to the challenges our era presents to live justly within the bounded gifts of our planet? The July edition of the International Bulletin of Mission Research focuses exclusively on the biblical mandate to care for creation. It includes a review of Jonathan Bonk’s new book “Mission and the care of Creation”:
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, . . . God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:1, 10). In the ancient Hebrew story to which people of the Book trace the beginning of everything, the latter phrase recurs at the conclusion of each successive phase of creation, reaching its climax with the creation of humankind: “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good (v. 31). Humankind, mandated to “have dominion” (v. 26) over all of God’s good creation, is left to take care of a very good planet. How have we done? The record is not flattering.
Another article by Craig Sorley titled “Christ, Creation Stewardship, and Missions” responds to a Kenyan’s question: “Why is it that for all these decades the missionaries right here have never told us that God was concerned about how we managed the forests? Why have they just watched this destruction taking place?”
Dana Robert writes on “Historical Trends in Missions and Earth Care” and M. Daneel presents a case study of Christian Mission and Earth-Care from an African context. Worth a read.