22 April 2016
What is Your (My) God - Nature
Greetings Dear Reader,
Happy Earth Day Dear Reader. This will not be a rant about environmental crazies. They exist but I think that they do because of Christ followers. My brother pointed this out well earlier this week not knowing that I was approaching the subject as well. You can read his excellent articulation here: Environmentalists and the Character of God
What I am pondering today is something my brother brought up earlier. As Christ followers we do a very poor job at planetary stewardship. It is an aspect of our over-consumption We neglect our home and consume its resources without true regard for the future.
The Father’s first command to his creation was to tend the garden. Caring for the earth was the first job humans were given. It is our primary responsibility from both a relational and practical aspect. We must not worship the creation over the Creator but we must be obedient in caring for it.
Like care for those in need this is an area where Christ followers should set the example instead of being a hindrance. I must do my part to reduce consumption and hinder destruction of the natural world.
We were made to enjoy the world and care for it. We will never truly follow Christ until we see the glory that is creation and our place in caring for it. Ponder this from Thomas Traherne.
You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars: and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and Kings in sceptres, you never enjoy the world.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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