Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Preserving God's creation

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

If we choose to think of the Earth as a gift from God, will that help spur environmentalism?

At two Qcity churches this summer, the focus is on green.

No, not money. Rather, the environment.

Earlier this month at Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, the theme for vacation Bible school was “Go Green for Jesus.” And currently at First Baptist Church-West, a six-week summer program is centering on water conservation with the theme, “Streams of Living Water.”

The idea, organizers say, is to reinforce a biblical concept: that the Earth belongs to God and is therefore worth preserving.

Organizers from both programs acknowledge that mixing Christianity and conservation is, for some, a new concept in the African American church.

“It is hard incorporating this idea into the black church because it is new,” said Carolyn Ingram, Mt. Moriah’s vacation Bible school director.

At Mt. Moriah, students learned about recycling, solar power, wind power and water conservation issues. The theme and curriculum were developed by nationally based Urban Ministries, which has developed a package of lesson plans for churches conducting summer Bible schools.

Biblical references for the curriculum begin in the book of Genesis, with believing in God and taking care of his creation, and end in the book of Revelation, where students are taught to prepare for the future by being responsible now.

The thematic verse for the program is Psalms 24:1 -- “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.”

Read the rest of this article, by Michael Gentry, here.

Mother Clare Watts discusses mixing Christianity with environmentalism: "We weren't given permission to plunder and destroy ... we're supposed to be the caretakers."

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