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Does the Bible say anything about taking care of the environment? I have some friends who are very passionate about this issue, but they don't really believe in God or Jesus the way I do, and they even claim the Bible is anti-environmental. Are they right?


I’m grateful for your friends’ concern for the environment—but no, they aren’t right when they say the Bible isn’t concerned about the environment. In fact, of all people, Christians should be the most concerned for the environment.

Why is this? The reason is because Christians know God created the world, and we are only its stewards or trustees. The very first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). When we see the world as a gift from God, we will do our best to take care of it and use it wisely, instead of poisoning or destroying it.

We don’t worship the earth; instead, we realize that God gave it to us, and we are accountable to Him for how we use it. After creating Adam, the first man, the Bible says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). God didn’t tell him to exploit the world or treat it recklessly, but to watch over it and use it wisely. Like a good ruler, we should seek the welfare of everything God entrusts to us—including the creation. The Bible says, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal” (Proverbs 12:10).

Yes, we should take care of the environment. But most of all, we should take care of our souls. Is Christ the center of your life, and are you seeking to live for Him every day?

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  1. Ravi Urs, RN says:

    Wonderful commentary. Thank you! Bless you guys and your work over there.

  2. David Moore says:

    I agree, Amen.

  3. James Humphrey says:

    I think it is time to speak out against foolish use of land, water, and air. How can we be stewards when we poison our water with hydraulic fracturing, our air with rolled back environmental standards for clean air and water, and propose the elimination of endangered species. Silence is to be complicit in the act.

    1. Ravi Urs, RN says:

      There is nothing more beautiful than what we aleady have been given.

  4. Aja Lawson says:

    I am grateful for Billy Graham and his ministry.

  5. James says:

    thank you for this.

  6. Patricia Buxton says:

    Christ is our (my) open door to lead me to be one with the Father …John 14, 16 and 17 from Deuteronomy 6…this is me trusting Christ’s mind to seek the Father. In His image we are created. He is driven for us to walk that path of righteousness and in Truth!

  7. nadi reuter says:

    Lets always pray and be thankful.

  8. Ernest Brown says:

    Thank you for this article. It seems to me that if we ourselves (our physical body) is created from the earth we should in turn take care of the ground we came from. I have always been a firm believer in taking care of the earth and it’s environ. Stewards of the land is one of our primary responsibilities as Christians. God bless you, Ernest Brown

  9. Cornelius John Qorryo says:

    Environment is a God’s blanket for his creatures,also is a gift,thus as we love His Creation we love Him.
    As we care we are practicing love.

    1. Patricia Buxton says:

      Very simply and purely expressed!

  10. crown moyo says:

    thank you Graham you have answered the question that for some years have been troubling me. I am worried about the destroying of the environment done by Monsanto

    1. Maluwa Chirambo says:

      Thanks Mr. Moyo.