When Amanda Benavides was a student at university she began to rethink her views on Christians’ responsibility to look after the earth. Amanda had grown up thinking that being conscious of the environment had nothing to do with her relationship with Jesus. All this changed when she was challenged to consider the Christian’s role in caring for the planet—especially how that relates to reaching the people most in need in the world.

Our concern for the amazing world God has given us, and our care for the people in it, expresses our awe for God and is grounded in two biblical ideas.

Firstly, the earth belongs to God (Ps. 24:1-2). The psalmist praised the Lord for His creation and His ownership of it. The heavens, the earth and all that are in it are His. He created it, He is King over it (93:1-2) and He cares for it (Matt. 6:26-30). Secondly, God gave the responsibility for the wellbeing of His earth to us (Gen. 1:26-28). This includes appreciation of and care for both nature (Lev. 25:2-5,11; Prov. 12:10) and people (Rom. 15:2).

This is our Father’s world. Let’s show Him how much we love Him by respecting it and caring for the people who populate it.

To mistreat God’s creation is to offend the Creator.


Marvin Williams


Our Daily Bread