Then the Lord God took the man (Adam) and put him in the garden of Eden to tend (cultivate) and keep it, (Genesis 2:15, NKJV).
Just as the first man on earth was given a responsibility to take care of it, so too are we today. Every one of us God has made stewards of the earth and it is something that He very much takes seriously because He is the creator of it. The Psalmist declares that: The Earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness; The world and those who dwell therein, (Psalms 24:1, NKJV).
Climate Change is a global issue, high on the agenda. Everyone is concerned about the adverse impact climate change is having on the planet, from young activists such as Greta Thunberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg to world leaders attending the recent Cop 26 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2021/nov/02/cop26-global-leaders-begin-talks-in-pictures.
The planet is in crisis because of a number of different reasons: rising levels of pollution from vehicles and power stations burning fuel; land and sea adversely impacted by deforestation and a mix of both domestic and toxic waste respectively. Then there are the financial and digital inequalities across the globe which for far too long have had devastating consequences for families living in the so called ‘Third World’ or developing countries where access to such basic living amenities is often to the bare minimum if any at all.
Then there are the rises in natural disasters at an alarmingly unnatural rate – the frequency of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, wild fires and floods unparalleled in recent years to anything we’ve ever seen before. Added to all this is a planet all adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed lives across the globe without partiality to age, gender, race or status. Whilst being locked down in our homes did any of you notice how the plants, trees and wildlife thrived?
We each have our part to play in making the world a better place and being the stewards that God has called each of us to be. For those of us in the Western World, we must do the simple, most basic of tasks to make our environment one which can enable us and the generations to come after thrive. Simple measures we can choose to make include: disposal of domestic waste in bins; food waste in appropriate bags and bins; the recycling of paper and other items displaying the logo; saving our electric and water by using sparingly rather than excessively and walking rather than driving to work.
If we are to save the planet from imminent disaster then we must lead by example so that future generations will benefit and continue where the current generation has begun. The late great King of Pop – Michael Jackson – sang the following lyrics: Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make it a better place for you and for me. And God himself through Jesus has said that: the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and then to love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:37-39, paraphrased) because that is at the heart of true stewardship – so why not make this a priority during this new-year of 2022.
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