How Do I Steward the Earth and My Money? By Chuck Bentley

Dear Chuck,

I try to be responsible to recycle, use a non-plastic water bottle, and do all the “right things” when it comes to taking care of the earth. There was recently an article about how hotels are getting rid of their small shampoo and conditioner bottles to save plastic, and it got me thinking – what is too far? Sometimes it’s more expensive to take care of the earth, so how does stewardship of the earth and our money intersect?

Trying to Do My Part

Dear Trying,

Really good question that was informative to me! I travel a lot so I’m always bringing home those little toiletry bottles from hotels. But apparently not for much longer!

InterContinental Hotels and Marriott International cited several reasons for phasing out the use of the small bottles:

they are rarely recycled and end up in landfills
the small bottles run out when several guests stay in a room
and the small caps often fall into drains causing maintenance issues.

But these bottles are only one part of the trash in our landfills. It is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed and balanced with financial realities.

Christians should be the best stewards of the earth. It is God’s beautiful and bountiful creation.

If we believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, then we know God is the Creator.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1).

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein… (Psalm 24:1)

We are His managers, so protecting the environment that He created and that supplies us with our needs to stay alive should be a priority for all of us.

For byhim all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.(Colossians 1:16)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.(Genesis 2:15)

God called his creation good – multiple times. Seeing our planet as a beautifully created gift from God, we should be motivated to care for it, protect it, and use its resources wisely.

But our worship must be directed to the Giver not the gift. It is our privilege to manage it wisely and give glory to God in the use of all He has provided us. We must protect it for those coming after us and think about our stewardship eternally.

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Source: Christian Post