Green Covenant Project


The Bible is the story of humanity’s relationship with God and with God’s creation. In Genesis, God looked upon all that he had made -animals, humans, and plants- and declared it very good (Genesis 1:31). Each part is good, but the whole of God’s creation was whole and perfect. It was so perfect, in fact, that the Bible refers to the place where humans lived as a garden. We were directed to care (shamar) for the garden, but our first sin was to mar the garden -to consume beyond the boundaries we were given. The rest of the Bible chronicles our journey to be reunited in God’s peace and to be made whole with God. God did not give us dominion to control all living things. As we are in God’s image, we reflect His presence on earth and therefore are examples of His stewardship of creation.
 
The Bible shows us how to grow into God’s image and into wholeness with God. Noah understood this. When God called him to care for Creation, he obeyed. He gave sanctuary to two of each thing to ensure that life and wholeness would continue. We tell the story to our children because it shows us in the right relationship with God and because our response to His call of shamar is part of that right relationship. We have a role to play in the wholeness of God’s blessing.
 

The Bible tells us that God dwelt among us as the Word made flesh, as Jesus, that we might learn to live a life pleasing to Him. Living into a calling to care for creation changes us in a way that is pleasing to God.
 
Christ’s redemption covers all creation, not just humans. Jesus, “the Son of Man who has authority on earth to forgive sins”, not only forgives our transgressions but heals the earth-damaging work of Adam. It is no coincidence that when Jesus rose after his death, he appeared to the women as a gardener.
 
We have another life through Jesus, but the earth we have right now still matters. As Christians, our ultimate purpose is to honor God, and part of honoring God is recognizing the wonderful gift of creation and the responsibility we have to care for it. The earth belongs to God and everything in it and we have no right to harm it. We must make ourselves consciously aware of what is happening to God’s creation. We must appreciate, respect, and value the earth and everything in it. And we must be stewards of creation: serving, keeping, and restoring all that God has entrusted us to care for.

  • Reduce

    Save energy by making a building efficient.
    This can include:

    • LE D Lighting
    • Reduced air conditioning or heating
    • Motion-sensor lights

  • Reuse

    Use items again after it’s already been used.

    • Conventional Reuse: reuse an item again for the same function
    • Creative Reuse: reuse item again but for a different function
  • Recycle

    Recycling is the process of changing waste materials into new products for continued use.

    • This process reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduces energy usage as well as air and water pollution.

 
"I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of this earth."
- John Wesley

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