Wayland focuses on Creation Care

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is in the midst of its annual Creation Care Week, a time when students, faculty and staff are reminded of the important of taking care of God’s creation. Led by the School of Math and Sciences, special activities are planned throughout the week, including daily devotionals, a special guest speaker in chapel and a question and answer forum open for discussion of creation care.

Dr. David Foster, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College and Vice-Chair of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies Board of Trustees, was the guest speaker at chapel on Wednesday. Dr. Foster also participated in the Q&A session as well as with various science classes throughout the week.

During chapel, Dr. Foster question what it really meant to care for creation.

“It’s like this ancient thing that is part of our faith that we are rediscovering,” he said.

Dr. Foster read from Genesis chapter 1 saying that God gave mankind dominion over the earth. He explained that responsibility to take care of creation comes with dominion.

“God left us in charge and one day He’s going to come back and ask us for it,” he said. “We serve creation and it serves us.”

Foster compared creation care to the Biblical principle of the Sabbath. During Biblical times, the Sabbath was a period of rest through which not only people, but the land and its resources were replenished. Crops were rotated or not planted at all as the land rested. Foster said these periods of inactivity allowed the resources and animals to replenish themselves. He said it also allowed time for the poor to regain some of what they had lost as land ownership would return to its original people, families or tribes.

Foster explained that all of this was set up as a way to bring heaven on Earth.

“We go to church and we pray, ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.’ Do we really meant that?” he asked.

He went on to say that at a time when it is easy to feel hopeless about the state of creation and how resources are dwindling and humans are hurting the earth, that there is still hope. Foster quoted scripture in which God promises that if His people will change, He will heal that land.

“Not if everyone changes, but if His people change,” Foster said.

Foster said this the key. If God’s people will change and care for creation, then the land will be healed and made complete through Jesus Christ.