The role of the Presbyterian Church of India as stewards of creation
The present environmental crises call into account all sections of the society to act and respond. Human attitude and misunderstanding of the biblical mandate to care for the creation led to continual exploitation of the environment. The consequences because of this misunderstanding lead to serious environmental degredation. The emphasis of this thesis is to go back to the Bible and re-affirm our ordained role to care and preserve the earth as dutiful stewnrds of God and the creation (Gen. 2:15).
The interpretation of environmental stewardship as a foundation based on the truth of the Scriptures helps in developing not only a Christian understanding about God and his creation, but also the role we have to play as stewards in restoring and redeeming the creation. Adopting Steven Bouma-Prediger's views on environmental stewardship, and other contemporary theologians like DeWitt, Stott, Osborn, and Therubattil helps in coining together, a challenging role for every human and the Church to re-locate their stand as stewards of creation.
In witnessing to the environmental degradation in North East India, the Presbyterian Church in India has a task to fulfill. This task invites the church to re-visit its goal and evaluate the state of affairs the region is in, because of the serious imbalances caused by the destructive practice of deforestation. This study suggests remedies that can be helpful for the Church in its efforts to bring about change in the society and addressing the right attitude that we humans should have on the environment. A restored and sustained environment can happen, when the Church take up the responsibility and challenge to play a dedicated role, not only by addressing the issues, but by taking a committed stand as stewards of creation, to preserve and care for the rest of creation.