LONGWOOD, FLA., March 21, 2013 – Long before organic labels and hybrid cars became trendy in America, the root of environmentalism was planted in a garden called Eden. Now, the creators of a new film hope to inspire viewers to become better stewards of the environment.
Produced by the Creation Care Team at Northland, A Church Distributed, “Our Father’s World” is a 27-minute documentary outlining the role that Christians should play in environmentalism. The film features interviews with noted evangelical leaders and scholars, including Bill and Lynne Hybels, Tony Campolo, James Merritt and Mark Liederbach. The insightful commentary helps viewers connect the ecological dots—from spiritual calling to modern living and how it all ultimately impacts “the least of these.”
The film is narrated by Northland’s senior pastor, Dr. Joel C. Hunter. “This was our first calling, recorded early on in Genesis 1 and 2, and we remain God's caretakers over all creation today,” Dr. Hunter explains.
According to the Bible, God created the Earth and then commanded Adam to cultivate it and keep it—His first command to mankind. So, how are we doing?
Raymond Randall, leader of Northland’s Creation Care Team, explains: “Many Christians still see environmental stewardship as a political issue, rather than seeing it as a biblical issue. Scripture clearly teaches us to be good stewards of our finances, time, talents and relationships, and the church is beginning to realize there is another form of stewardship that we have neglected to embrace.”
Documentary filmmaker Bob Giguere, an Emmy and Telly award winner known for his environmental and social work, drew from personal experiences for this film. “I know many Christians who commonly mistake environmental responsibility as a task for the secular world,” says Giguere. “Upon seeing this film, it should be obvious that the Christian walk can be a very green path.”
Giguere notes that the church’s reluctant attitude toward creation care is not only impacting the planet, but has a far-reaching impact on the poor as well. For example, unsustainable water habits can severely affect local and regional water supplies, wipe out life-sustaining crops and displace entire villages.
He concludes: “A growing number of evangelical Christians worldwide are uniting in their belief that environmentalism is not merely a moral obligation. It’s a matter of justice—for the poor and for the generations to come.”
Ideally suited for presentation at churches and study groups, “Our Father’s World” is available to view and download for free in HD at www.ourfathersworldfilm.com.
Northland, A Church Distributed is a Florida-based congregation of 15,000 that worships worldwide via the Web. Led by Dr. Joel C. Hunter, the church's vision is to see people coming to Christ, and to be transformed as we link locally and globally to worship and serve everywhere, every day. Learn more at www.northlandchurch.net.