WEALTH CREATION AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION

WEALTH CREATION AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION

Lausanne Movement and BAM Global - March 2017

‘Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth’ (Deut 8:18).

The Bible talks about wealth in three ways; one is bad and two are good. Hoarding of wealth is condemned. Sharing of wealth is encouraged. Creation of wealth is both a godly gift and a command, and there is no wealth to be shared unless it has first been created. But all too often the issue of wealth creation is misunderstood, neglected, or even rejected. The same thing applies to wealth creators.

The Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation aimed at addressing that. We were about 30 people from 20 nations, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia. During the  consultation process 2016 – 2017 we discussed various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, biblical foundations, culture, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church.

The findings have been summarized in the Wealth Creation Manifesto, and will also be published in several reports and a book, as well as an educational video.

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Climate Action is our Mandate

Climate Action is our Mandate

by The Eficor Team, India

Introduction

Things have changed. It has become much hotter. We no longer know when it will rain. The streams have dried up. The forests have been replaced by roads and instead of trees there are concrete jungles. These are just some of the things that we hear when we conduct workshops on Creation Care and ask people to think about the changes in their local environment. Not once have I heard anyone say that things have changed for the better. The changes are real and the changes are devastating. However, it is also true that for many of us things like Climate Change are (for now) just an inconvenience’. If it gets too hot, we will just place more air-conditioners in our homes and offices and run them as long as we need to. If it gets too cold, we will find ways of heating our homes better. And many will travel in air-conditioned cars protecting us from the extreme weather and pollution. And while some can 'shield' ourselves from the impact, Climate Change is making life harder for many around the world. Extreme weather events like floods – occurring ever more frequently - have led to huge losses for farmers. Unpredictable monsoons that either come too early or too late have consistently affected production. An inconvenience for some of us is a death sentence for many – especially the poor. Whatever the debates around Climate Change, however much our apathy to face it - should we not address this issue simply because the Bible talks about stewardship of creation and simply because the impact of Climate Change is affecting the poor the most? How about we – as stewards of God’s creation - inform, engage and challenge one another to stir to action and realise that Climate Change does matter – to us and to God. Read the article
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