Many Christians who I speak with give the impression that they believe that care for creation is a recent interest in mission thinking. It can therefore be ignored as a fad. It is true that in the past ten years the issue has been more main stream within Evangelical mission circles but its root good further back.
When I was a student at All Nations (1991-1994), I remember Chris Wright taught a module called “Wholistic Mission” and we dealt with the issue of creation care.
I also want to share a quote from the 1983 document “Transformation: The Church in Response to Human Need”. Under the subtitle “Stewardship of Creation,” it says:
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Ps. 24:1); “The land is mine” (Lev. 25:23). All human beings are God’s creatures. As made in His image they are His representatives, given the responsibility of caring wisely for His creation. We have to confess, however, that God’s people have been slow to recognize the full implication of their responsibility. As His stewards, we do not own the earth but we manage and enhance it in anticipation of Christ’s return. Too often, however, we have assumed a right to use His natural resources indiscriminately. We have frequently been indifferent, or even hostile, to those committed to the conservation of non-renewable sources of energy and minerals, of animal life in danger of extinction, and of the precarious ecological balance of many natural habitats. The earth is God’s gift to all generations. An African proverb says that parents have borrowed the present from their children. Both our present life and our children’s future depend upon our wise and peaceful treatment of the whole earth.
I hope this indifference does not persist.