I read a text on a friend’s smart phone recently that said: “Save the earth; it’s the only planet with chocolate!”
As we approach Earth Day on April 22, it’s good to reflect on the value of something we often take for granted: the earth itself. People of faith, like me, affirm immediately that the earth belongs to God its Creator. And because we believe in God, we believe in taking care of what God has entrusted to us.
Another word for this is “stewardship”, and it has crept even into secular environmental literature in the past few decades. What we do with the resources we are blessed to enjoy for our sojourn on earth says quite a bit about us, and I daresay future generations will judge us based on how we do.
Of course we are also of the earth. The Bible refers to humans as “earth creatures”, it’s what the name “Adam” actually means. But we are more than merely earth; we are also spirit, which means we are part of the community of life. Read more…