God created the heavens and the earth and everything on it – and it was good (Genesis 1:1-25).
And then God created man and woman (Genesis 1:27) – to either “work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15) or “have dominion over all” (Genesis 1:28).
But, we, the people God created as part of His creation, have made a big mess of it. As world populations have grown, we have not been good stewards of our planet. We have polluted the air, dirtied the water, raped the earth, and removed essential elements without concern for replacement and renewal.
The American Indians and many other people remind us that the earth does not belong to us; we are to preserve it (Genesis 2:15) and pass it on to our children. We have a responsibility to preserve both the Earth and everything in it.
However, we have treated the earth like it belongs only to us; many animals are becoming extinct and whole areas of the earth are no longer suited to grow that food needed to feed the people of the earth. There are millions of people in the world who lack clean drinking water, others are starving to death due to constant war and living habits that strip the earth of its nutrients suitable for growing food. Major corporations are appropriating clean water to bottle and sell at exorbitant prices. Global warming, basically caused by human activity, is destroying the world’s eco-balance and eliminating thousands of miles of shoreline.
We are in the midst of a crisis of our own making. But not is all lost yet! Creation is a process that is still happening. We can choose to repair creation or destroy all that is being created anew.
There are many things that we can do to stop earth decimation:
1. Look at your carbon footprint
- Use less fuel – walk instead of drive
- Open the windows instead of turning air conditioning on
- Choose less gas-guzzler automobiles
- Support the development of clear alternative fuel sources
2. Go “green”
- Use renewable/reusable products
- Participate in your local recycling program
- Boycott genetically-modified foodstuffs
- Use cloth shopping bags (or paper, but not plastic)
- Use locally-grown fruits and vegetables
We are stewards of this world we live in, and it is time for us to take this responsibility seriously. God gave us this earth and we must care it for so that we can pass on to future generations the beauty and bounty that was given to us. It is no longer someone else’s responsibility –
it is ours! and
the time is now!
Written for Connections, Diocese of Southern Ohio, 1 April 2017