Environmental Stewardship as a Christian Organisation

As a Christian organisation, HammondCare is committed to environmental stewardship because God loves His creation and His creation is good (Genesis 1). We have been made in the image of God and He calls us to be stewards (Genesis 1:26 - 30), responsibly caring for His creation with wisdom and faithfulness. Mankind were put in God’s creation to “work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15).

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 cares about His creation and it has an eternal purpose. God’s creation eagerly awaits promised restoration (Romans 8:19-21) and as His people, we seek to reject selfish exploitation of the earth. By conserving and nurturing His creation, we partner in God’s work of sustaining creation and His plan for renewal and restoration of all things (Colossians 1:20).

We are motivated by our Mission in Action, to serve and show Christ’s love by being wise with our resources. We recognise the intrinsic value of all people as made in the image of God and loved by Him. In caring for the environment and promoting sustainability, we are following Jesus’ command to love our neighbours (Mark 12:31). As an organisation with a particular focus on supporting people in need, there is added significance in promoting environmental sustainability.

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8:19-21

Environmental degradation has a profound and disproportionate impact on the vulnerable, elderly and people in need. We want to minimise our impact on the environment to prevent the negative impacts of poor resource management now and for future generations. Environmental stewardship is representative of our identity as a Christian organisation, improving quality of life for people in need (Matthew 25:27-40). Our actions matter and we want to use the gifts we have received to faithfully serve others as good stewards (1 Peter 4:10).

The earth belongs to God and was created to bring Him Glory and serve His people. Exploiting the earth and its resources causes harm to others. By caring for creation, we enable it to be fruitful and play its intended role of serving people and giving glory to God. Living out our mission in action through sustainability is an opportunity to engage with the community, showing love, compassion and respect.