Protecting Endangered Species
Extinction Isn't Stewardship
We humans are not the only ones that God cares about, and we’re not the only ones that care about God. After all, the entirety of creation sings praises to God! The psalmist wrote, “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD all the earth … Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD”. What’s more, Jesus said that if we didn’t praise Him, the rocks would!
Humanity’s special relationship with God does not diminish that of the rest of creation. By allowing and abetting the extinction of wild species, we are permanently silencing their worshipful praise to the Lord. Being responsible worshipers of God means not silencing the non-human parts of God’s choir, but instead amplifying their voices to our common Creator.
Simply put, extinction isn't stewardship.
The Endangered Species Act
An act that has been in effect since 1973 and has done incredible work to bring countless species from the brink of extinction, including the Bald Eagle, who increased from 416 to 9,789 pairs between 1963 and 2006.1 It continues to do so today. BUT the Endangered Species Act is under persistent attack by politicians and developers. For years, there have been many attempts by some in Congress to gut and dismantle this critical safeguard of God’s creation.
A current issue
It has been estimated that approximately 20 percent of our world’s species may become extinct within the first three decades of the twenty-first century unless drastic protective measures are implemented (http://socialissues.wiseto.com/Articles/FO3020640077/).