At the absolute minimum, we should
each hold a selfish realization this earth is the only home we (and generations
to come) have in this life. Taking care of it saves our lives.
For those choosing a little more enlightened path, we might come to understand
that, in Genesis, every time God created, He called it good.
It was not all about us. Everything was included. Should we be respecting
that which God created? We must decide if we believe everything
is here just as playthings for us, or if God cares about other creatures,
the plants, the bodies of water, the air, and the earth itself.
Earthkeeping should be right behind
a relationship with Jesus in every Christian's life. It is not about
a few people recycling, or using energy more efficiently. It is
an attitude, a way of life, and an entry into the truth of our very being.
"Dominion" is not a license to trash, or do whatever we want with creation.
It is a responsibility. It is God's call to care for His earth -
to be His earth keeper.
So, start simply by just picking
up after yourself, and then grow in your understanding and love for all
of God's creation. You may be amazed at how easy and routine earthkeeping becomes.