I watched Avatar again with my family and was impressed once more by the visuals (thanks to the glorious nature of Blu-Ray).  I was trying to interpret the movie second time around in light of the environmentalist movement and see if it was a radical tree-hugger movie.  While there certainly were themes of environmentalism, it could also be interpreted through the prism of stewardship.  If God created the planet and placed humanity in charge of it, then we have an immense load on our shoulders.  We are in charge of protecting and cultivating the land responsibly.  Perhaps this is something that people can walk away with from the movie.

I am not discussing the possibility of pantheism or worshipping the Oak tree of Odin.  I am talking about becoming sensible about what we consume and use.  Recycling, reusing products and reducing our consumption are all important goals that,  as stewards, we should implement daily.  Christians should not fear these steps and goals, we can be in tune with the cosmos.  The creation declares the glories of God and they revel in His provision (see: Psalm 104).  The cosmos will be set to right one day, when the resurrection occurs and the re-creation of the glorious heavens take place.

St Francis of Assisi provides a wonderful portrait of connecting with the creation.  Francis writes in his canticle that all of the created cosmos come together in beautiful symphony, from the fire to water and earth to wind.  Perhaps we too can join in that chorus of praise and take care of our planet in the name of the coming King.