Early in the Spring, long before the British Petroleum oil disaster in the gulf, I had decided to preach a summer sermon series dealing with the first part of Genesis which would include the theological implications of the creation story. Little did I know how timely those messages would be!
Each week the tragedy has unfolded before our eyes: We read of accusations and blame, we see pictures of damaged coastlines and marshlands, we see dead sea life and afflicted sea birds... and yet we seem to be helpless in dealing with the never ending damage.
Perhaps this is a real wake-up call for Christians. Christians, more than any other demographic, have the greatest obligation to care for, and protect the environment. We don't just look to protect creation because it is beautiful, because we like it, or because it is in our best interest. While these are all fine reasons to be good stewards of God's creation, the main reason we have obligations to the land, sea and sky is because we know the God who stands behind creation. We understand the reasons and the purpose behind creation, and we know that there was a time, before the intervention of humanity that all was perfect. If we treat this this gift of creation with carelessness or disdain we are participating negatively in a great tragedy.
Maybe it is time for us to participate in a meaningful way. What would happen if we prayed for all the parties involved to stop bickering and start cooperating? What would happen if we prayed for those with the intellect and creativity to be inspired to find a solution for healing the wound in the depths and to suggest meaningful restoration methods? What would happen if instead of pointing fingers we prayed for God's grace to be granted to both the leader of this nation and the leaders of British Petroleum?
At this point, it seems that even non-Christians have no other recourse. All of our twenty-first century, cutting edge technology is not solving this problem, but only allowing us to see the awful, horrible extent of what we have wrought.
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