Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why Creation Care?

I came across an article/documentary that was made about the conflicts between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the watermen of Tangier Island, Virginia, as well as farmers in Clearville, Pennsylvania, over the watermen’s harvest of blue crabs and the farmers’ land-use practices. This is a Creation Care topic that was dealt with in a very commendable manner. It is creation care because the environment, God's creation, that which we depend on, was being negatively impacted by people's practices, but it was also in turn having negative consequences on people who make a living off what God has given them. This is something we at TEAM care about--when the environment has a detrimental impact on people's lives, we want to step in to make a difference and share the eternal hope of Jesus in the midst of the pain and improve their lives physically and spiritually.

There was a dramatic transformation that took place among the Tangier islanders and Pennsylvania farmers from the implementation of a faith-based stewardship initiative. The initiative resulted in islanders and farmers becoming better stewards of their resources, more involved in the political process and more willing to work with one another and environmentalists. Moreover, it led to Chesapeake Bay Foundation environmentalists becoming more understanding of how to work on environmental issues with people who have a faith-based worldview. We can learn much from this true story, and let it motivate us to become better stewards of God's creation, and motivate us to share the gospel of Jesus Christ--in the end, He is the only hope we have for peace, today and for eternity.
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