One of the things I’m most excited about in relation to the change in roles here at ECC is leading an ACG with Lynn in the fall (Lynn doing most of the social/community building stuff and me doing most, though not all, of the teaching). We’re thinking about starting off with a series on Christ and Culture, so I’ve started reading up on the topic. Today, reading Frame (The Doctrine of the Christian Life) I read this and thought I’d share it and solicit feedback.
“There are two elements [to the cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28]: filling and ruling…As they fill the world, they are to rule it. They are not to be terrified by the natural world…Rather, they are to march through the world as kings and queens, taking possession of everything. They are to harness the animals, the heat and cold, the electricity and seismic energy, to serve their own purposes. That means development. Adam and Eve are not to leave the world untouched, as some radical environmentalists would prefer. Rather, they are to use the resources of God’s creation, to bring out the potential of the heavens and the earth, to facilitate their rule under God. They are to turn the creation into a culture, into a home for human society.
Of course, use is one thing, and exploitation is something else…Just as Adam was to take care of the garden (Gen. 2:15), so Adam’s family was to take care of the earth. God wanted them to use it and also to preserve it – to use, but not to use up. So God later told Israel to rest the land after six years of cultivation. Man is to rule the earth, but also to serve it. He is to be a servant-king. That is the basis of biblical environmentalism.“
What do you think?