I wanted my first post on this blog to be more related to how I feel about the environment and how that relates to my religious understanding so that future blog posts can be viewed in reference to this one. When I think of the environment and religion together the same verse pops into my head over and over, which is Genesis 1:28:
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Now some may take the verse and run with it saying humans can do whatever they want with the land because God said we should have dominion over it. Personally I think that is taking the scripture too far and looking at it from an extreme angle. I think that the message is more in the realm of yes humans are dominant on the earth with regards to its resources, but as such we should take care of it so that future generations can hold dominion over it as well. Continuing off of this idea, Proverbs 12:10 says:
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel”
Humans do have the power and skills to control over the environment with an iron fist, but we should be stewards of the land and have regard for the animals and plants of the earth.
I am not saying all resources are off limits and we need to completely leave the land untouched, but I am more hinting toward a middle ground where humans use the land responsibly. God created the heavens and the earth, personally I don’t think God would appreciate humans destroying that creation. I also think God realizes the realities of life and created this planet in order for us to use its resources to provide for each other.
With taking a broad stroke on US environmental policy, I think that we can work together with the government to find a responsible medium where resources are being used, but in an environmental sustainable way. Like Genesis 8:22 outlines:
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease”
As long as the earth is present, humans will tend to it. We must take our responsibility of taking care of the planet seriously, or else face the consequences later in life.