- God is the Creator and therefore the owner of the universe, earth, and everything in it (including humans). Genesis 1: 1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
- God has appointed humans to be the managers of the earth. Genesis 1:26-28 "
- Even after sin, God is still in control of the earth, including the weather. Jeremiah 10:13 "
- Humans, especially Christians, should take good care of the natural resources that God has given us, because we will be held accountable all of our actions, including how we have used the blessings that God has given us. Matthew 25:20-21 "The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’" More Verses on Stewardship
- The Earth is our temporary home. 2 Peter 3:12-13 says, "
Based on these verses, I try to be a good steward of all of the resources that God gives me. Just as I don't believe that Christians should waste their financial resources, they shouldn't waste natural resources either. Personally, I like solar panels, windmills, and alternative fuel vehicles because they have the potential to save money and also lead to greater flexibility and reliability than relying on power-grids and oil markets that tend to funnel money to countries that persecute Christians.
However, there is a growing danger that political elites will use an exaggerated fear of "climate change" as a means to gain tyrannical levels of control over common people, while exempting themselves. One way to identify those who are using environmentalism as a tool of political oppression is to see how they themselves live in their daily lives. Are they good stewards of natural resources? If I see someone flying around in private jets as they seek to make laws that condemn common people for driving SUVs, I have to doubt their motives. I believe that as good stewards, we should buy, use, and maintain, the most efficient and affordable vehicle that we really need. If you really need an SUV, great. But, if you really need an economy car, you can keep more money in your pocket to use for other things (your family, your church, and helping others etc.) and you don't have to send so much money to countries that persecute Christians.
I have heard a lot of talk from scientists, politicians, and pundits over the years. However, I have to say that veteran Bible teacher Hal Lindsey (in less than 30 minutes) makes more sense than anyone I have ever heard talking about the whole topic of climate change.