Christ taught us the two biggest commandments are to love God and our neighbors. (Matthew 22:36-40). If so, why should we care about our environment or animals?
One reason is because God loves them. After God had created the universe, He considered the creation very good (Genesis 1:31). Moreover, He loved them. In the famous verse, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world,” the word world in the original Hebrew means the cosmos, which include our world, our environment.
If our boss loves something and considers it very good, shouldn’t we care for it also?
Another reason we should care for our environment is because that was the original job God assigned humans to do. When God created man in His image, God commanded him to rule over the creatures (Genesis 1:26). The word rule in the original Hebrew means being a viceroy, or a person representing the king when the king is away. So, on behalf of God, humans should take care of the creatures on earth, which God also had expressed His concern for (Jonah 4:11).
Furthermore, God’s creation is full of wonders. There are numerous passages in the Bible admiring them. One example is the six verses in Psalms19, where David was in awe of God’s physical creation, including the heavens, the skies, and the sun. If we truly marvel our environment as the incredible work of the Creator, naturally we will take care of it.
In conclusion, we live in a world created and cherished by God, who has entrusted it to humans. Learn to meditate on, cherish, and take care of the environment.
Summarized from a John Ortberg sermon:
原因之一是因为上帝对它的爱。上帝创造了宇宙之后，祂认为这宇宙很好 （创世记1:31）。 而且上帝还爱它。在著名的经文约翰福音3:16中,“因为上帝如此爱世界…”，“世界”一词在其原文意为宇宙, 其中包括我们的世界，我们的环境。
我们应该保护环境的另一个原因是因为这是人原本的职责。当上帝按照祂的形象创造了人类时，上帝给他们在地上的角色是治理所有动物 （创世记1:26）。治理一词原文的意思是总督，或者是国王不在时代表国王的人。换句话说，人类应该代表上帝照顾地上的动物。 祂也表达过对动物的关心 （约拿书4:11）。
此外，上帝的创造充满了奇妙。 圣经中有许多段落赞美它。 举例来说是诗篇19章前六节经文，作者大卫敬畏上帝的创造，包括天空, 穹蒼和太阳。如果我们对环境感到讚叹，我们自然会照顾它。
总之，我们生活在一个上帝创造和爱惜的世界中。 上帝把它托付了给我们。 学会沉思,珍惜, 并照顾我们的环境。