We're opening up a new question in our FAQ series this week: "Is not one sparrow part of the creation care community?" I'll be sharing a reflection on why creation care needs a concern for animals in a day or two, and oddly enough speaking on the same theme at a couple of upcoming events as well. It's a subject I've wanted to tackle for a while now, and I'm grateful for the opportunity.
We'll also be pointing to some poignant reflections from friends in the creation care community through the rest of the series, and then looking at a number of wildlife, sea life and endangered species issues in following weeks. But here's just a brief preview of the question du jour from our FAQ page in the meantime:
It's been great to see Christians begin to take more ownership in recent years of our calling to be stewards of God's creation and creatures, the first God gave humanity in fact. not one sparrow believes that a concern for animal welfare is an integral component of this calling, often called "creation care," and we're honored to be part of this growing movement and community alongside supportive friends.
But just as naturalists and environmentalists have generally been more concerned with species conservation and ecosystem preservation, as vital as those concerns are, the well-being of individual animals, whether wild, farmed or companion, hasn't generally been a focus within the creation care movement either. There have been some encouraging signs of late, however, and not one sparrow hopes to gently continue to expand our community's calling to caring for each and every creature lovingly made and known by God.
(photo courtesy my father, Daryl DeVries)