Current (Church of the Nazarene Manual):
924. Creation Care.
With deep appreciation of God’s creation we believe we are to strive to exhibit the stewardship qualities that help preserve His work. Recognizing we have been given a stake in sustaining the integrity of our surroundings, we accept the individual and collective responsibilities of doing so. (2009)
(Genesis 2:15, Psalms 8:3-9; 19:1-4; 148)
Proposed (For GA 2023):
924. Creation Care.
1. The earth is the Lord’s, it is with deep appreciation of God’s creation and its beauty, goodness, and glory, we believe we are called to join in God’s purposes of stewarding and caring for the world [Manual 32]. Creation was declared good before the creation of humans, and therefore it has value for its own sake. Nature is a witness to the power and glory of God; viewing God’s handiwork leads us to worship the Creator. Jesus’ teaching ‘Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven,’ is woven into our prayer and practice as the holy people of God and includes our mandate to care for God’s creation.
2. The Church of the Nazarene affirms its historic position of Christian compassion for all of God's created and has a particular emphasis on compassion for people who are poor and oppressed. Therefore, we call our people, particularly those who have greater resources, to care for and conserve precious resources as faithful stewards of all creation, being most mindful of those who will benefit from our wise use of God’s gifts. This loving care extends to the earth in which we make our homes, to the generations which come after us, as well as to other species we live with and amongst.
3. Therefore, we are committed to the conservative use of creation’s resources in a responsible, caring and loving way by joining in God’s redemptive purposes as agents of reconciliation and ambassadors of grace for all of God’s world.
4. As Christians we are called to selflessly participate in thoughtful holy living that demonstrates God’s love for all the earth and all of its inhabitants. We embrace values that enable the regeneration of life on earth and, by God’s grace, and recognizing our interdependence with creation, we accept the individual and collective responsibilities of conservation for the sake of this and unborn generations. We decry any policy or any practice that creates, or results in, conditions in communities that are inhumane, undignified and unlivable. Recognizing that actions which exploit or destroy the earth disproportionately impact the poor and oppressed, we implore Nazarenes worldwide to commit themselves to support concrete actions and moral and ethical policies and practices in business, cultural, ecclesial, governmental and global venues that honor the created and the creation, believing that this is an expression of Holiness.
(Genesis 1:21,25, 29-31; 2:15; Psalms 19; 24:1-2; 104, 148; Hosea 4:1-3; see Jer 12:10-11; John 6:12; Romans 1:20; 8:19-25; Colossians 1:15-20 and Revelation 11:18; 21:5.)