Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Stewardship & Going Green

Genesis 1:1, 31 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… and indeed it was very good…” (NKJV). Ellen G. White reflected on the glorious beauty of God’s creation. “Every flower, every shrub, every tree,” she explained, “answered the purpose of its Creator. Everything upon which the eye rested was lovely, and filled the mind with thoughts of the love of God…” ([Australasian] Union Conference Record, June 1, 1900 par. 2, 4). However, from the beginning of sin to the present day, life on earth has been struggling to survive. Mankind is attempting to resolve centuries of neglect, mismanagement, and abuse by “going green.” Green seems to be the current buzz word. It has been in the news, in publications, on billboards and in cyberspace for the multitudes to hear and see. From the beginning of creation, God has encouraged green stewardship of this planet. Life itself is being jeopardized by toxic waste, global warming, greenhouse gasses, unsafe drinking water, impure air emissions, and unsanitary conditions throughout the ecosystem. God has His own green plan. He describes a glorious new creation, “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind,” (Isaiah 65:17). The apostle Peter echoes the words of the prophet Isaiah. He also looked for “new heavens and a new earth,” (2 Peter 3:13 NKJV). Ellen G. White highlighted the future “going green” design. She described the New Earth promised by God. “I saw,” she said, “another field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out, “They will never fade!” Next I saw a field of tall grass, most glorious to behold; it was living green and had a reflection of silver and gold as it waved proudly to the glory of King Jesus,” (The Adventist Home, p. 547). New heavens and a new earth...that’s the ultimate going green, “living green!”

By Mitch Hazekamp

Mitch Hazekamp
Mitch Hazekamp

Stewardship/Trust Services Director

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