Evangelical Friends Church

(from Faith and Practice)

Stewardship of the Earth and its Resources.
Friends believe that when God in the beginning gave man and woman dominion over the earth He did not grant them license to do whatever they might wish with its riches, but that rather He made them the stewards of what was and remains God's by creation and rulership. We, therefore, are permitted the use of the earth and its resources, but as stewards must use them wisely, carefully, and as under the eye of their owner. Unplanned increase of population and wasteful and destructive use of the earth's resources, Friends believe, are foreign to good stewardship. Moreover, the use of natural resources to support an extravagant style of life while others must exist in poverty and squalor is contrary to the Scriptures: "Whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (I John 3.17 NASB). Consequently, both in our own practice and in what weurge upon the governments of the world, Friends should be conscientious examples of acceptable stewardship." (EFC-MAYM Faith and Practice, 2001 edition, page 19).

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