Yesterday, we talked about the environment.  Nature.  We read Genesis 1 and saw how God gave jurisdiction to humans.  Jurisdiction, at the time, was only available to deities in other cultures: jurisdiction over the environment is one of the ways that we bear the image of God.  

Traditionally, there have been a few ways that we look at this jurisdiction.  The first is anthropocentric, or human centered.  Anthropocentic thinking has it that humans are at the center; nature is made for humans (and humans are made for God).  This thinking, however, has a few problems.  Essentially, it gives a “blank check” to humans to run roughshod over the environment.  If we are in total control, why should we care about protecting resources?

The response to this view is biocentric, or life centered thinking.  This means that all life is pretty much equal, humans being a little higher on the totem pole — but not much.  This view means that we can’t run roughshod over the environment because of its inherent value, but it also ties our hands a bit.  We were, after all, given jurisdiction over the environment, told to subdue and rule the earth.  The biocentric view means that we over-protect our resources, afraid at times to use them.  

A third way is needed.

Thus, we have the God centered, or theocentric view.  This view holds that God has made the world and has given humans jurisdiction over it.  Yet, it also holds that creation has inherent value.  The question that we ask, then, is whether our environmental decisions are honoring to God.  Rather than what best suits humanity or what best suits all creation, we ask what best suits God and his designs.  We are stewards, then, of creation.  God is the King, and we are in charge right now.  Thus, as stewards we seek to use the resources he has given us to benefit Him.

We must become God-interested people if we are to correctly interact with the environment.  We make decisions based on what honors God.  We may find ourselves fighting to protect clean water in Africa in one moment and arguing for to dam a river for power in the next.  

This week, in our regular lives, how can we become God-interested when it comes to the environment?