Caretakers of Creation”
One of my greatest pet peeves is people throwing trash out of the window of their vehicle. Why would anyone think it okay to throw a cigarette butt, beer can, or empty McDonald’s bag onto the side of the road? I don’t get it and it makes me angry. My brother-in-law, Dan, learned this the hard way when he was a youngster on the way home from church and he rolled down the window to throw out his apple core. Personally, I am more tolerant toward an eaten apple finding its way into the ditch, but Dan’s mother was not. Dan’s mother had a way of making things very clear and she made it known in no uncertain terms that nothing gets thrown out of the window of the car. With that Dan rolled up the window and opened up the car door to throw out the apple. Yes, he fell out of the car
and rolled down into the ditch. I am not sure if he held on to the apple core as he was rolling along, but I do believe it had an impact on his future political views. (He did not get hurt)
In all seriousness, I am very concerned about the future of this earth that we call home. I am impressed with the multitude of teenagers worldwide who are grabbing the mantle of climate change and running with it. You can argue the reasons for climate change, but there is no doubt that the weather patterns are changing at a rapid pace. I remain hopeful that we will be able to preserve this wonderful earth for many, many generations yet to come.
I cannot help but wonder if the interpreters of scripture played a role in humanities view of our earthly home. For some time now I have struggled with the translation in Genesis 1:28b that uses the words, “dominion and subdue” in describing humanities role in creation. I am good with the Genesis 1:28a where we hear that God blessing human beings and telling them to be fruitful and multiply. Where I struggle is when I hear the words that immediately follow the words “be fruitful and multiply”. In the New Revised Standard Version translation we read, “Fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over all living things upon the earth” When I hear the words, subdue and dominion, it reminds me of the saying, “This is my ranch and I will do as I _ _ _ _well please”. I fear humanity has far too often taken this approach to what God created. If we are to pass on this incredible creation to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the generations to follow, we need to be caretakers rather than dominators and sub-doers.
The Lord has blessed us with such an amazing creation. Let us treasure what God has given us and preserve it for the future of humanity that is yet to come.
God’s Peace, Pastor Bill