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Earth Keepers Care for the CREATION

Caring for Our Creation - Earth Keepers

     Being appreciative and respectful of this beautiful earthly paradise we have been given involves being aware and mindful of many things.  We know we should not foul or lay waste the soil, water, or air.  We should not treat our Earth as something to be depleted as fast as we want for our pleasure, convenience or wealth.  That is bad stewardship.  Our natural world should be respected for its own value, for the wisdom of creation, which lies beyond our understanding.  Our Earth and its future generations require us to use our intellect and reason toward preserving the beauty, diversity and bounty entrusted to us.

    There are already many caring Earth keepers in our congregation and our community.  They are involved in many aspects of respecting and preserving what we have been given.  This Lutheran Earth keepers group endeavors to grow a stronger sense of responsibility, a new active awareness regarding our gift of life on Earth.  We have too long ignored this part of the Bible’s instruction.

     We will begin this Lutheran Earth keeper series with some basic science about the part that carbon plays in our lives and our earthly environment.  We hope, as the year proceeds, to help all of us know more useful things about easy, inexpensive (even money-saving) ways to preserve the health of our soil, water and air.

SITUATION:  Throughout our Holy Bible there are numerous references and commandments that give us direction and procedures on how to care for our planet or God‘s creation.  It also talks about the value of creation for its own sake and about the call for all people to worship God and about the mandate for human beings to “serve and preserve” the creation.
    We were created by God to be “Earth Keepers”.  The Bible also teaches us that care for the creation is not one issue among many, rather it is foundational to our human vocation as Christians.

SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS THAT HUMANS HAVE CREATED ON EARTH ARE:
    1. Our soils are eroding and the soil materials are moving into our rivers, streams, and lakes causing  degradation of our waters that we also need for livelihood.
    2. The air we breathe is being contaminated, causing human health issues as well as some major impact on vegetation, our forests and wildlife.
    3. Through massive amount of consumption by all people we have been degrading our surrounding and our environment.
    4. Thus humans have not followed God’s commandments resulting in the pollution of our soils, water and air, the very elements we need to sustain ourselves and other people living on this earth.
   
SOME SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS
     Our Calvary Congregation in cooperation with other congregations can play a crucial role in implementing the care for the creation program with our on going parish life and it the lives of our members.
    With the  growing population world wide, with the increase in consumption of our nature resources, the care for the planet has not kept pace with the growing demand of goods and resources. 
    Human kind must take some unusual steps to stem the tide of massive consumption and over utilization of God’s Creation.  We must make a concerted effort to become Earth Keepers.

SO WHAT CAN I DO AS A MEMBER OF CALVARY?
1. Continue to study the Bible to understand what God has to say about his creation.
2. Begin to look at ways that you as one individual can do small things to save our soil, air and water.  For some suggestions on this topic,


WE ASK YOU TO LOOK FOR THE WEEKLY EARTH KEEPER CORNER SUGGESTIONS IN THE WORSHIP BULLETINS, THE MONTHLY NEWS LETTERS AND OUR CALVARY WEB SITE .

Developed by the Care for Creation task force Peter Hovland, Paul Larson, Martin Carlson.
If you would like to join the task force talk to one of them.