A Sound Mind in a Groaning Environment

By Nyasha J. Matandi, Church of Christ Nhowe


In the realm of religious teachings, having a sound mind is not only about thinking rationally and making disciplined decisions but also about exercising self-control and acting by God’s will. It entails being reasonable in our thoughts and actions and resisting the temptations of fear and irrationality. As stewards of the universe, we are tasked with nurturing and caring for God’s creation, despite the challenges presented in a world fraught with pain and disorder. While God is seen as the ultimate redeemer, humans are called to actively participate in the development, restoration, and improvement of the created world.


To cultivate a sound mindset in environmental matters and safeguard God’s creation, the Church can play a pivotal role. Churches and Church-Based Organizations can offer practical knowledge on sustainable practices through faith-based workshops and lectureships. Promoting concepts such as water conservation, waste management, and environmental stewardship, can instil a sense of responsibility towards the environment. Educating individuals on the importance of conservation and building a sustainable foundation for all is crucial in raising awareness about the impact of human actions on the environment.


Environmental degradation and climatic hazards affect not only the world at large but also the Church. Droughts, dry spells, cyclones, and loss of lives present significant challenges to religious communities. In southern Zimbabwe, severe droughts have plagued the region for the past three years, worsening conditions each year. In response to these challenges, the Church can contribute to the protection of wetlands and other important sites designated under the RAMSAR Convention. These areas play a vital role in local ecosystems and water quality, making their preservation essential for sustainable living.


Promoting sustainable practices and securing the earth’s resources for present and future generations, faith-based organizations and religious groups can enhance climate resilience within communities. Encouraging a more responsible approach to environmental conservation and sustainability is key to ensuring a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature. Individuals and communities must reflect on how their actions impact the environment and strive towards a more sustainable future. Let us pause, reflect, and remember that every action we take has a lasting impact on Mother Nature.

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