<<our surroundings>>

God created the world and instructed Adam to care for the earth and its resources (Gen 1:26,28, 2:15). We are to wisely utilise and gain sustenance from the world’s resources and assets in a sustainable way rather than abuse, with little regard for the future, by wasteful exploitation. Pollution is harmful to humans, the complete food chain and the whole world (Deut 20:19). 

As Christians we should be concerned about the environment, but more importantly our spiritual lives, not allowing the pollution of the world’s system to defile us – through TV, magazines, internet, entertainment and friends.  Don’t compromise Bible principles or absorb any destructive values from those you mix with – refuse to allow the world to squeeze you into its mould (Rom 12:1,2).

While we should protect the world as good stewards, we are to worship the creator not the creation as many mistakenly “worship and serve created things rather than the Creator” (Rom 1:25). The proper perspective is to see beyond the physical world to the loving God who made these things and

Value and respect your natural surroundings but only worship God

desires a relationship with us. People who will last for all eternity are more valuable to Him than animals or things.

Environmentalists are consumed with trying to preserve the planet forever, yet this is not God’s plan. The physical, natural earth in its present form, and in fact the entire universe will be destroyed, and God will create a "new heaven and a new earth" (2 Pet 3:10,13; Rev 21:1).

See also: animals, climate change, conservation, earth, nature, pollution, resources, stewardship, world.