|"Taking Care of Earth"|
Posting Date: 07/01/2014
by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo
There’s a legend about four angels who watched God create the world. After everything was created, the first angel to speak asked “How did this happen?” And there was an animated scientific debate. After a while, the second angel interrupted asking “Why did this happen?” A animated philosophical debate followed. The third angel thundered, “I want to be in charge of this creation!” A long, animated political debate followed about who should make the rules and who would enforce them.
When the conversation died down, the three angels realized that the fourth angel hadn’t participated in nor paid attention to the debates. The fourth angel finally spoke, saying, “WOW! How beautiful all this is! Let’s take care of it!” This was the religious or spiritual response.
The bible teaches “The earth, and everything in it, belong to the Lord. The world, and all the people who live here, are God’s.” (Psalm 24:1) We are caretakers of this good earth, of the world. By its very nature, creation is an ongoing process. Creation continues. Life evolves. People and the world change. Without a doubt, the greatest change in human history was when “the Word became flesh,” when God became a human being, when Jesus came to bring us back to God.
It amazing to realize that we’re “created in the image of God.” God is creator. In God’s image, we have been created to create. God is giver. In God’s image, we have been created to give. God is forgiver. In God’s image, we are created to forgive. God is love. In God’s image, we are created to love.
At some point the debate about “how” and “why” and “me, me, me” must end! We will finally decide that we’re going the LIVE WELL in the world God gave us. We’re going to TAKE CARE of the earth, and share, and respect, and recognize that we’re all in this together.
God created heaven and earth. God created life and love. God created Jesus. God created the church and freedom. God created healing and miracles. God created forgiveness and peace. At some point, we really need to look at the gifts of God and proclaim: “WOW! How beautiful all this is! Let’s take care of it!”
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