Thus when Genesis 1 speaks about human beings exercising dominion over the earth and its creatures, the language is drawn from the sphere of politics and the exercise of kingship as it ought to be. This ideal model for the relationship between humankind (man and woman) and the earth and its creatures is the king/people relationship. In passages where the same “have dominion” verb occurs, the emphasis is on gentleness and on an active program of caring that results in shalom. The first time humans [Adam and Eve] are mentioned in the Bible, God regards them as royalty (Genesis 1:26). The first word spoken to the royal couple charges them with responsibility for the care of the earth and its creatures, a caring that will lead to shalom (Genesis 1:28) [James Limburg 1991]
The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small—and for destroying those who destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18)
In the Bible, God originally charged human beings with being the holy and sinless gardeners who would care for, nurture, and love the Planet Earth he created and called “good.” As followers of Jesus, we must never forget that this Earth, a tiny blue and green paradise floating in the vast desert of outer space, belongs to God. This is his garden—not ours. If every man and woman on Planet Earth died tonight, this planet would still belong to God. The environment of this planet sustains us with food, water, oxygen, and many other benefits that we need to stay alive—as God intended. Caring for the environment is not about saving the planet. It is all about saving and sustaining human, animal, and plant life for now and for future generations. God knew from the beginning that his garden Earth would need good-hearted caretakers. That is why he put us in charge of nurturing and caring for his garden called Earth. We are and should continue to be his faithful and loving gardeners.
Many Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals do not understand our gardening assignment. They believe the word “dominion” in the Book of Genesis is a free license for human beings to take dictatorial hegemony over the earth and run a program of endless, mindless, uncaring exploitation of the Earth and its life-sustaining resources. In other words, God gave man a free license to rape the Earth into desolation rather than care for his garden so it can continue to sustain life from one generation to the next.
I want you to take a good, long look at the man in the following article. This man is an Earth rapist who is Hell bent on destroying God’s beautiful blue and green garden called Spaceship Earth. Worst of all, he is so spiritually blind and so deluded that he thinks his actions are somehow serving Jesus. Rape the Earth in the name of Jesus? Turn God’s precious garden it into a vile, unlivable sewer—in the name of Jesus? Give this article a close read: