You know how sometimes you make a vow to do something, only to get caught up in something else only a few weeks later? I realized today that I have been sorely amiss when it comes to a decision I made when I was in England. Thanks to one of the speakers at Holmsted, I came to a deeper realization and conviction about our wasteful way of life in the 21st century. I decided then and there that I wanted to clean up my act and try to be more responsible with how I treated the earth.
God never intended the earth to become our own personal trash dump. He wants us to preserve our environment. That’s what the Bible is talking about when it says that Adam was to rule over the earth and subdue it. When we think about ruling, often we get images of a world power crushing everything in his or her path, ransacking and raping the earth. *ahem* I’m not even going to go there. But when you really think about what ruling should be, what it truly means to be responsible for the decisions of a nation, or in this case, the entire world, it changes you. Good rulers make good decisions that benefit the whole, even if they are inconvenient and costly of our time and energy. That was the conclusion I drew in England, but of course, now convenience has gotten in the way of that promise.
Then I read this blog today, which got me started thinking about the environment, and how we should relate to it as the church and as humans. I made a decision to get back to doing the little things to save our planet. Starting at the grocery store.