Lamb addresses students as part of Creation Care Week

Dr. Rachel Lamb

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University celebrated its Creation Care Week with a chapel service dedicated to the cause on Wednesday morning. Students were addressed by Rachel Lamb, a doctoral students at the University of Maryland whose research explores how climate change governance can better reflect the complex and dynamic nature of social and ecological systems.

Lamb challenged Christian students to reconsider their mission as it pertains to Jesus’ mission in scripture. She said scripture dictates that Jesus is Lord of all and of everything in creation. As a result, there are three areas on which Christians are called to act as a part of their mission: Build the church, serve society, and care for creation.

Lamb said the Christian church needs to broaden its scope as it has traditional focused on caring for society as its mission. She said taking all three components and focusing on them uniformly is the best way to enact change and fulfill every aspect of a Christian’s overall mission.

“We are called to walk as Jesus did,” Lamb said. “We are tenants and stewards to whom God has entrusted this world. We cannot claim to love God while abusing his creation.” She said Christians need to understand that Jesus is Lord of the physical as well as the spiritual.

With that in mind, Lamb said there are three things the church can do to start working toward creation care. The first is for Christians to support those who work full-time in the fields of creation care. She said it is difficult to dedicate one’s life to the work when those within the church don’t fully understand or support the cause.

Second, Lamb challenged students to identify ways they can participate in creation care. She said it’s important to start finding small things they can do to affect beneficial change in their own lives, working to make the environment more sustainable.

The third thing Lamb challenged students to do is to find connection areas where what they are studying connects to creation care. She gave examples of how creation care and an healthy environment can benefit healthcare, or how economics can account for environmental costs. Maybe engineers can develop systems that are environmentally friendly or artists can develop landscape architecture.

“Above all, consider creation care first and foremost an act of worship and service to God,” Lamb said. “Consider it an act of service and love to our neighbors and to creation itself. Do this and I guarantee you will learn more about God, and realize the fullness and beauty of the mission to which He has called us.”