Episode 10 - ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Show Notes:
 

  • Politically Charged Issue?
    • Do Christians Avoid the Topic?
    • Personal Responsibility
  • Cultural Mandate in Genesis 1
    • ill the earth
    • Subdue it
    • Rule over it
    • "Cultivate and keep it" (Gen. 2:15)
    • Use but never abuse
  • Trees in Eden
    • Pleasing to the Sight (Aesthetic Quality)
    • Good for Food (Sustenance for Life)
  • Stewardship over Animal Life
    • Position of Authority
    • Respect for Animals
      • Global Flood (Preservation)
      • Proverbs 12:10
      • Exodus 23 - a neighbor's animal
      • The last few chapters of Job - attention to detail of animals
      • The last line of Jonah
    • Killing an Animal 
      • Sometimes necessary or even commanded
      • Animal sacrifices
      • Shepherds protecting their flock from predators
      • "Arise, Peter. Kill and eat!" 
      • All these cases have legitimate reasons for killing an animal
  • Divine Ownership of the Earth
    • Psalm 24:1
    • Exod. 19:5
    • Deut. 10:14
    • Job 41:11
    • Rev. 4:11
  • Resources (Sustainability) - Use Responsibly but don't Deplete
    • Deut. 20:19-20 - Food/Timber
    • Exodus 23; Lev. 25 - Sabbath Year for the Soil
  • The 2 Ends of the Environmental Attitude Spectrum
    • Indulge, Abuse, Deplete, Destroy - Ends in Starvation
    • Don't Use, Don't Cultivate - Ends in Starvation
  • Psalm 104 - The Delicate Balance