Reading 

Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the human in the Garden of Eden to work in it and protect it. 

Reflection 

I recently heard someone say that the greatest threat to our beautiful world is the belief that someone else will do something to protect it. Here in the opening chapters of Genesis, which set the scene and trajectory for the biblical story, we have the command to work the earth and to protect it. This instruction is given to us before humans messed anything up, therefore, it is a creation command that is applicable for all times and circumstances. The Bible declares, “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Ps 24:1), which means the earth belongs to God, and we have been entrusted with God’s beautifully good creation, to work it and protect it. Creation should not be viewed as some commodity to be used and abused. Creation is a precious gift that belongs to God and has been given to us for our benefit and blessing. We are responsible for this world, and our responsibility includes protecting it.  

Consuming is a good and appropriate feature of our lives and we should not feel guilty about being consumers. However, we need to admit that overconsumption could very well be a direct cause of our planet’s demise and even destruction. There is no planet B. A piece of wisdom I heard the other day said that, the best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today. In the same way, if we begin today to think about how our consumption affects the planet in negative and positive ways, we will begin to be part of the solution to the current situations we face.  

Sometimes I meet people who have scientific questions or concerns about “climate change” or “climate disruption” as it is also called. I am not a scientist so I am not in a position to assess and adjudicate the scientific material and data. I do find the summary reports of the numerous studies that have been done to be instructive and I see no reason to doubt the conclusions of the majority of the scientific community. However, I am convinced that this discussion distracts us from the issues. The fact is our over-consumption is destroying the planet and we can see the devastating effect it’s having on the bio-diversity of animal and plant life. These are areas where we can begin to make significant changes in our lifestyles that will have an immediate effect for good on our planet. The instruction of Scripture is that we work and protect this world, and we cannot let our concerns about one issue distract us from practising protection and preservation in other areas.  

Prayer 

Gracious God we thank you for the beautiful gift of creation. Help us to appreciate the goodness of the world you have entrusted us with. Give us wisdom and insight as we seek to preserve our world. Help us to exercise self-control and foresight as we consider the implications of our purchases on this beautiful world.  

Questions 

What do my purchasing choices and consumption habits do to planet earth?   

Are there products that are more environmentally friendly that we could purchase? 


Recent posts

Where is God amidst this global pandemic?

Where is God amidst this global pandemic?

Thursday, 09 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

 It’s a question that invites a variety of responses and concerns. This article by Time Magazine offers some helpful pastoral wisdom concerning lament. 

Read more

How to Write Your Sponsored Child in a Time of Crisis

How to Write Your Sponsored Child in a Time of Crisis

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 — Compassion International

As the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the whole world, you might be wondering about the safety and health of the child you sponsor. Maybe you’re longing to communicate with him or her about —how they are doing, and to say you’re praying for them. These are great questions that reveal your heart for children in poverty. That’s why we’d like to give you a few tips on writing letters to your sponsored child during a crisis!

Read more

Covid 19 and Refugees – When Self-Isolation is a Privilege

Covid 19 and Refugees – When Self-Isolation is a Privilege

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 — Victoria Hanna

There are an estimated 1.7 billion people around the world are in isolation today. But what about the people that are unable to self-isolate? The homeless, the unwanted, the refugee. What will happen to them?

Read more

God uses a Compassion initiative to free family from domestic violence

God uses a Compassion initiative to free family from domestic violence

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Compassion International

Eva’s family home in Guatemala was filled with so much abuse and violence that it almost cost her mother’s life. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of violent deaths among women in the world. But a Compassion initiative, that helps to stop domestic violence, transformed their family’s life forever. 
 

Read more

Dear diary: The day I met my sponsored child

Dear diary: The day I met my sponsored child

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Mary Mekhail

Mary and Adel Mekhail sponsor eight children and have previously sponsored 14! Meeting four of their sponsored children in Kenya and Ethiopia was an experience they will never forget. Read about the time they met Erick, who has just graduated high school and is studying to be a mechanic. 

Read more

#7 Self-Control

#7 Self-Control

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Sean du Toit

Last week we looked at digital community. This week I am wrestling with how we can deal with all the elements competing to shape our day-to-day following of Jesus.
 

Read more

Children’s church raises $800 to build piggery for sponsored child’s family

Children’s church raises $800 to build piggery for sponsored child’s family

Monday, 06 April 2020 — Grace Stanton

The children at Raleigh Street Christian Centre each put in a couple of coins a week to sponsor their child Prossy in Uganda. Her parents wanted a piggery, to generate income for their family, but had no money to afford it. So, the kids made pig themed items and sold them to their congregation. It was enough for Prossy’s family to buy two pigs, feed and to build a pen!

Read more

Show more