Brown urges students to take care of God’s creation
November 12, 2014
PLAINVIEW – The Rev. Ed Brown was the featured guest during Wayland Baptist University’s week-long focus on creation care. Brown, Director and CEO of Care of Creation, has dedicated his life to educating people about the need for conservation and Christians’ responsibility to caring for God’s creation.
On Wednesday, Brown spoke the Wayland students during the weekly chapel service as well as to several classes and to interested guests at an informal discussion session. During chapel, Brown told students that caring for creation is a responsibility and what God expects his people to do.
Brown pointed to a couple of recent headlines, one saying climate change my now be irreversible and another stating that 50% of wildlife has been lost in the last 40 years. He said 50% is an average as reports range up to 80%.
“We are holding God’s creation in trust for Him,” Brown said. “We have lost 80%. That is something we are going to have to explain to Him.”
Brown’s message centered on I Corinthians 2:2 that says, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (English Standard Version). Brown focused on the crucifixion asking the question, “Why did Jesus die?” He offered three answers: for me, for us and for them.
While Brown said Creation Care begins with personal salvation, one cannot overlook the fact that Jesus died for all creation.
“It’s not just a gospel for human beings, but for the sparrows,” Brown said.
Brown pointed to Romans 8 in which the author points to the groaning of “the whole creation,” and how creation was “subjected to futility … because of him who subjected it.” He said Jesus died for all creation -- not to afford non-human creation with atonement because non-human creation is not capable of sin. However, he said non-human creation suffers from human sin and for this reason, people need to practice conservation.
In closing, Brown encouraged student to rethink their faith, careers and lifestyles, focusing on things they can do that glorify God through creation.
“Find how Creation Care fits into (your career and lifestyle,)” he said. “Then do something.”
Brown will leave Plainview on Thursday and head to San Antonio to speak to the Wayland campus there about the importance of Creation Care.