I’m blessed, I live in an area that has miles and miles of undeveloped land. Nobody has paved it over, nobody had put in apartments and strip malls…oh wait, yes they have and it has turned what used to be paradise into a parking lot. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a rant about how we’re destroying the earth and a call for getting rid of all things man-made, it is a call to remind folks that we are to be stewards of the earth. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 28, “God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’
The question is, does “rule over,” mean to destroy everything living thing? We have made extinct many species of animals; such as, the passenger pigeon, we almost wiped out buffalo, poachers are doing great damage to the rhinoceros and elephant populations in Africa. Asian countries are buying illegally harvested shark fins and tiger parts, all of which are playing a role in the damage we humans are doing to the world’s wildlife. Does it really matter if we get rid of all the animals and sea creatures? Personally, I think it does, I think if we are to be stewards, then it is up to us to protect them and the land God has given us and it is up to us to educate others as to the importance of the animals in our world. Additionally, we must learn to take care of the land we live on, because if we don’t it won’t be able to take care of us.
In Leviticus chapter 25 verses 1-4, there is a command to let the land rest. “The Lord then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” We ignored that in the past and it gave us the dust bowl in the 30s, we see it now in Brazil were entire large parts of the Amazon rain forest are being cleared, without trees, it will be hard to have oxygen, In some places land is so overused that nothing grows, where erosion is now so prevalent when it rains, whole hills are washed away. Again, I am not saying we have to stop all development, I am saying we have to start using smart development to make sure that future generations have a world suitable to live in.
Let’s practice Christianity and treat the environment like we want to be treated, with love and care.
I hope you have a blessed day. Peace y’all