For everything we stand for, there is an underlying base of faith. For many of us in the angling community, faith plays a part in what it means to get outside and experience wild and natural places. This is the "Master’s Landscape," and there’s a reverence that comes with experiencing it through stuff like fishing, and in stewarding it, too.
For hundreds of years, the church championed the beauty of God’s creation, demonstrating in many ways how it points to the Creator. However, over the last century, the evangelical church has let the value of caring for creation slip away. In Saving God’s Green Earth, author and pastor Tri Robinson makes a compelling case for the biblical precedence behind environmental stewardship and shows the church what it can do about this eroding value.
This statement from the Southern Baptist Convention sums up very well the Biblical justification for environmental stewardship, regardless of your denominational affiliation.
Humans Must Care for Creation and Take Responsibility for Our Contributions to Environmental Degradation.
There is undeniable evidence that the earth—wildlife, water, land and air—can be damaged by human activity, and that people suffer as a result. When this happens, it is especially egregious because creation serves as revelation of God’s presence, majesty and provision. Though not every person will physically hear God’s revelation found in Scripture, all people have access to God’s cosmic revelation: the heavens, the waters, natural order, the beauty of nature (Psalm 19; Romans 1). We believe that human activity is mixed in its impact on creation—sometimes productive and caring, but often reckless, preventable and sinful.
The Christian Environmental Association is a nationwide organization joined together to promote Biblical environmental stewardship within the Christian community. Their mission is defined as "Serving the Earth, Serving the Poor."Through the CEA, individuals, churches, college fellowships, and Christians ministries can participate in a wide variety of national and international programs to increase awareness of global environmental issues and problems. The CEA also distributes a magazine, Target Earth, which serves to keep members informed and linked together. A detailed listing of the Christian Environmental Association can be found by accessing the CEA homepage.
"Creation Care" from the The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God’s Creation, to be faithful stewards of God’s provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment.
EEN’swork is grounded in the Bible’s teaching on the responsibility of God’s people to "attend the garden" and in a desire to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to follow Him. EEN publishes materials to equip and inspire individuals, families, and churches; and seeks to educate and mobilize people to make a difference in their churches and communities, and to speak out on national and international policies that effect our ability to preach the Gospel, protect life, and care for God’s Creation.
National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group
The Eco-Justice Program office of the National Council of Churches works in cooperation with the NCC Eco-Justice Working Group to provide an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox communions to work together to protect and restore God's Creation.
The Catholic Bishops of the United States issued a statement in their Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops.
Caring for God's Creation
We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of God's creation.
Care for the earth is a duty of our faith and a sign of our concern for all people. We should strive to live simply to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We have a moral obligation to protect the planet on which we live-to respect God's creation and to ensure a safe and hospitable environment for human beings, especially children at their most vulnerable stages of development. As stewards called by God to share the responsibility for the future of the earth, we should work for a world in which people respect and protect all of creation and seek to live simply in harmony with it for the sake of future generations.