Even though the [Eastern Synod’s] director of stewardship does not like using the word stewardship and prefers to speak of generous givers, he falls into the sin of mastery of creation. Language betrays the mindset behind its use. As soon as we write or talk about having a gift, we already have removed ourselves from true stewardship potential. We never have the gift. It always remains God’s. Its recognition and activation constitute a matter of discernment and relationship in God. Thus we are in constant dialogue with/in God in our actions and considerations. Creation is not for sale or ownership because it is God’s. We are stewards because we recognize that it does not belong to us and our response to every aspect of life is a spotlight on our stewardship.
Stewardship is about living; not giving; living in God’s domain and embrace. Stewardship as giving is self-serving, narrow-minded manipulation of creation toward idolatry that serves the so-called “steward” ship group and its incestuous interests. Stewards are chosen partners in another’s intentions and priorities. Discernment is their summons and their accountability is front and centre.
Stewardship as a way of life that relates to all aspects of creation has been sidestepped in another article of institutional self serving.