by Eric Corpus
In August 2006, my wife and I founded a non-profit organization called Take Care Now to promote caring for God's earth and the people on it. We got to do a few cool things. For example:
- We sold stickers and nylon reusable shopping bags with our logo on them.
- We held regular street cleanups of a less affluent part of town.
- We held a Nintendo Wii Sports tournament to benefit displaced refugees in Uganda. This was soon after the Wii came out, so we'd like to think that it was the first-ever Wii tournament for charity. Maybe it wasn't, but it's a nice fantasy world to live in.
However, after our first child, our priorities shifted. TCN still exists in name and idea, but its future is uncertain.
The interest is there, as our Facebook group still has its core 100 or so members. We'll just have to see what God has for it.
This post is the text of the About page from our original website. I think it's a decent explanation of why the earth (and the people on it) should be cared for.
Take Care Now exists to inspire Christians to act on their faith through care for neighbors and stewardship of resources out of love for God.Do you practice any environmental stewardship? Should we even care for the earth to begin with?
We think that the earth is a very cool place to live. And we think that we as Christians should take care of it. Here’s why:
You’ve probably heard of stewardship, the wise use of what God has provided. There is stewardship of one’s talents, finances, and time — but what about the natural resources that God has given us?
Jesus said that the greatest commandments are: Love the Lord your God with everything that is in you and love your neighbor as yourself. Where does environmental stewardship fit into this? Being mindful of creation shows love for God and our neighbors.
By caring for the earth, we show our love for God by appreciating His glory that is evident throughout creation. Romans 1:20 teaches that God’s power and divine nature can be seen by what has been made. Psalms 24 and 89 declare that the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. This incredible place in which we live is a gift, and we should honor and maintain that gift.
We show our love for neighbors by helping to keep this place wonderful because we all live here and share it. This also helps the poor (some of Jesus’ favorite people to love) by fighting air pollution, water contamination, and the increasing accumulation of waste, as they don’t have the resources to shield themselves from such problems.
We don’t have to force environmental stewardship into our lives as Christians. It should be a natural part of living lives of love. We know that God wants us to be good stewards of all He has given us. Likewise, we know that our decisions affect our neighbors now and in the future. The next step is to act on this knowledge! There are many ways to do this that don’t take much time and can help you be a better steward of other resources as well.
We don’t want to exalt God’s creation, nor do we believe in devoting your life to saving the earth. There are simple choices that can make a difference. We believe in exalting God through showing love in actions and in truth, as stated in 1 John 3:18.
We’re excited about starting this movement to care for God’s earth. It’s like a new world of ways to show our love for God has opened up to us. If this sounds good, we hope that you’ll join us in honoring the Creator by caring for His creation!