The Political Dialog Of Conservation And Power Over The Earth

1589 WordsDec 12, 20167 Pages
Another way to appeal to conservatives is transforming the political dialog of conservation to a religious one by utilizing Biblical scripture. Since the majority of Republicans are also Christian, targeting the Church will appeal to large amounts of people. This requires connecting popular scripture in Christianity with the issue of climate change. Creation care is the idea that God calls Christians to care for the Earth. Even though all Christians acknowledge that God created the Earth, not everyone agrees about the responsibilities Christians have for this creation. In Genesis 1:28, “God blessed them, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” For some, this verse means that God created this Earth so that we can use it how we wish. Even though “dominion” does imply you have control and power over the Earth, it is crucial to understand that this does not mean we are called to destroy this world. God claimed everything he made “was very good” so he would not have wanted for his creation to be destroyed (Genesis 1:31). Instead, this specific role God gives to humans requires respect and appreciative behavior. For, damaging God’s creation would mean insulting the very thing he designed for us. Another common idea among Christians is neighborhood care. Jesus declared, “you should love your

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