Quotable Creation Care: John Stott on What the Bible Says About Creation Care

Have Christians a distinctive contribution to make to the ecological debate? Yes, we believe both that God created the earth, entrusting its care to us, and that he will one day re-create it, when he makes ‘the new heaven and the new earth.’ For ‘the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.’ Its groans are due to its ‘bondage to decay’ and its consequent ‘frustration.’ In the end, however, it will come to share in ‘the glorious freedom of the children of God.’ That is, its bondage will give place to freedom, its decay to glory, and its pain to the joy of a new world being born (Romans 8:19-22). These two doctrines, regarding the beginning and the end of history, the Creation and the Consummation, have a profound effect on our perspective. They give us an appropriate respect for the earth, indeed for the whole material creation, since God both made it and will remake it.

– John Stott, Human Rights & Human Wrongs: Major Issues for a New Century

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