>Ha! How funny that Earth Day turned out to be on a Tuesday this year.
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There has been a lot of discussion in our household about global warming and whether or not it’s even really happening. Someone in our home thinks that it could likely be a media ploy to focus the world’s attention on something other than the things that are going on… a very good “distraction” of sorts. Someone else in our home doesn’t know for sure, but thinks that over the past 10 years, the weather has been weirder than it’s ever been… winters are shorter and no where near as cold as they once were, spring is short and comes at strange times, summer is either way too hot (last year, average temps were in the high 90’s into the 100’s), or are very cold and wet. Very extreme and no “in the middle.” Autumn is still usually Autumn, but the exceptions are the times (a year and a half ago, for example), where it felt like summer in November.
That said, I believe that Christians have an obligation to take care of the earth. Not worship it. Take care of it. The Bible says that humans were given dominion over the earth. I don’t think that this means that we use it and discard whatever we don’t want anymore; I believe that it means that we are to use it (for food, etc.) and take care of it, tending to it as a gardner tends to his garden. After all, didn’t life start in a garden?
Below are a few Bible verses that I hope reinforce my ideals and thinking about this. For me, they do.
1 Corinthians 4:1
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
Matthew 25:14-30 (New International Version)
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The Parable of the Talents
14″Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19″After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
21″His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22″The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’
23″His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24″Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26″His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28″ ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Matthew 25:15 A talent was worth more than a thousand dollars.
Note: Though this parable talks about talents, or money, I think it can apply to anything we have been given trust over.