Mar 2019

Stewards of Decay & Activists Against Hatred

Dave Rodriguez

Mar 17, 2019

Stewards:

  • Stewards feel joy and wonder in God's creation.

  • Stewards feel sadness and frustration at the decay of the creation.

  • Stewards believe that God himself shares their frustration and sadness.

  • Stewards are passionate about their calling.

  • Stewards believe that God owns it all.

  • Stewards believe that the physical creation points to God...but it is not God.

  • Stewards believe that God has commissioned them to steward the creation.

  • Stewards urge followers of Jesus to resist the allure of wastefulness and overconsumption by making personal lifestyle choices that express humility, forbearance, self-restraint, and frugality.

  • God calls Stewards to confess and repent of attitudes which devalue creation, and which twist or ignore biblical revelation to support our misuse of it.

  • Stewards urge individual Christians and churches to be centers of creationcare and renewal, both delighting in creation as God's gift, and enjoying it as God's provision.

  • Stewards commit to work toward responsible public policies which embody the principles of biblical stewardship of creation.

Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Genesis 1:31

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power, and divine nature. Romans 1:20

Activists:

  • Activists get angry.

  • Activists can be idealists.

  • Activists love diversity.

  • Activists believe every human being bears the image of God.

  • Activists believe the Kingdom of God is to be defined by peace.

  • Activists believe that the Kingdom of God is diverse by nature.

  • Activists believe that hate is antithetical to the Kingdom of God.

  • Activists love conversation.

  • Activists tend to stir things up and take up the plight of others.

  • Activists strive to live in and with a diverse community.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

The LORD will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4

In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Colossians 3:11

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9