Every Christian is entrusted with the royal
(cultural) mandate of taking charge of and
guarding the God-given harmony between nature
and humans (Gen 1:27, 28; 2:15). For too long
our churches have been negligent by not
equipping our members, through faithful and
authoritative proclamation of the Word, with
ethical norms also for their calling in this
respect in the Kingdom of God.
At the General Synod 2012 of the RCSA a public
testimony was given regarding the Christian’s
calling with regard to the degradation of our
environment. General Synod 2018 mandated a new
group of Deputies to turn this testimony into
practical action. These Deputies invite and
encourage every member of the RCSA to join in a
selfless ministry of respecting, protecting and
enriching the environment. So doing living their
God-given authority to govern over nature in a
The Deputies mandate includes:
-Creating awareness of each Christian’s
responsibility concerning the environment
-Facilitate, encourage and promote the awareness
of our responsibility as Christians
-Crossing cultural, denominational and
institutional boundaries to step up to this
That all members of our churches will be
mobilized to pursue the protection and wellbeing
of our environment and to see themselves as
ambassadors from God in this calling. This will
be achieved by our members adopting a simple
lifestyle to ensure a liveable environment to
the glory of God.
everyone does his little bit this is possible.
But what can we do:
Make a lifestyle change and start thinking
differently about our environment and resources.
Insist on the church committing itself to
promoting and facilitating the needed paradigm
shift through meaningful and practical ministry
of the word.
Christians must become real about their
lifestyle of consumerism
Christians should be an example of what it is
like when you are in the habit of keeping their
environment clean; and
Using resources responsibly.
Christians should make an effort to teach young
people about their responsibility towards
nature, the environment and resources.
Christians should set an example in supporting
existing and functioning programmes of local,
provincial and national governments, such as
beach clean-ups, recycling etc.
As Christians we must become the new driving
force in environmental conservation:
-We must proclaim that conservation is a matter
that affects all of us
-We must guard against and fight against the sin
of deifying “Nature”, “Mother Earth”, “Gaia” and
the “gospel of greenness of the New Reformers.
-Despite this commitment we will not be kept
from working with secular organisations.
Functioning of Deputies Environment:
Dr Pieter van der Walt is coordinator of the
The Deputies will use technology to convene
The primary goal is to establish a functioning
network of members throughout the country, in
every region and all congregations, in order to
appoint officers who will see to it that all
activities are coordinated between the
congregations and the deputies.
Ultimately the members must take ownership of
our calling regarding the God-given environment.
“I live in harmony with my God-given environment
and with respect towards all of God-created
nature which is a reflection of his greatness”