Earth, Our Home: A Gift and A Responsibility

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Written by the Creation Care small group.

God gifts us a home to live in, rich in diversity and potential for all who dwell therein. God also gives us the responsibility for tending to that home, managing its resources for the enjoyment of generations to come. We are each living organisms within that whole. What we each do or don’t do impacts upon the others.

Those who are able are additionally responsible to advocate for the others who are vulnerable: the poor, children, elderly, and the rest of creation. It has become apparent that we are not doing a good job of this. “Whatsoever you do (or don’t do) for the least of these, you do (or don’t do) for me,” says Jesus in Matthew 25.

The Poor

These are the least able to mitigate or defend against flood, drought, and the rising costs of scarce resources. The poor who are blown about by the ravages of forced migration have no safe place to anchor and rebuild.  They are doubly assaulted by the resistance of the prosperous (affluent?) to live equitably and sustainably.

The Elderly

These include those whose health defenses are compromised against the rising assault of poor air, poor drinking water, inadequate heat or cooling, or respiratory illness. They may even face the inability to stay in their own homes because they cannot afford needed energy efficiency upgrades.

The Children

Isn’t it our moral imperative as parents to seek to make the world a better place for our children’s children? “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?” Matthew 7:9.  What hope do we leave them that they will be able to enjoy the same pleasures and wonder that we experienced as children? What burdens do we leave for them to bear because we are unwilling to change our behavior?

God gives us a choice; to tenderly care for what we have been given and share it with those who have less, or to callously pass by on the other side of the street, leaving the vulnerable to fend for themselves.

The Talmud states “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

Creation Care is a small group at Prince of Peace. For more information, including how to join, visit the Creation Care website. For more information on what you can do to live sustainably, visit the Interfaith Creation Care South Metro website

 

 

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