"No, Mommy! No!!!!" my preschooler tearfully exclaimed after I smashed a bug in the kitchen and dropped it in the trash. He opened the lid and whimpered. Although feeling terrible, I proceeded to explain why Mommy had to destroy all creepy crawlies in the house (in part to having an 8-month-old, who puts all things in his mouth.) Later that day, my son ran out the door with a paper towel containing a rescued yet squished earwig and threw on the deck.
My son, the conservationist (this time, saving a worm.)
Thanks buddy, for reminding me what an awesome opportunity we have in caring for our planet and its inhabitants. This experience reminded me of the early days with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God created a perfect world and gave the following responsibility in Genesis 1:26:
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Since that time much has changed. Sin entered and we now live in a fallen world full of death, violence, and hardship. What can we do about it?
I'm no scientist. I was only average in taking college biology. I know very little about global warming. But I cannot take a "laissez-faire libertarian approach to the earth's resources as a Christian option." I know God's word gives clear direction that we, as man, are to have "dominion" over creation in this life.
So, my family will do what we can in subduing what God gives us. Simple things like reducing, reusing, recycling, conserving. And smashing bugs when my son isn't looking. Hey, if your a believer, prayerfully consider how you can join me in being good stewards of this terrestrial ball.
For further reading on Christian conservation in a more educated and eloquent format - Blood, Gore, and Global Warming