23rd February 2019

Watching Over the Planet

“The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.”
Genesis 2:15 (CSB)

We may all be guilty, but let’s do something about it. Both you and I have played a part in wrecking the natural world, but, perhaps, it’s not too late.

Recently Sir David Attenborough addressed the 49th summit of the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, and his major concern is that we act now to protect the Earth. Things are getting worse, not better, and it is high time that national leaders and their citizens make meaningful changes. “The Garden of Eden is no more”(1), he explained, and we’re in a new age, the age of humans.

The reference to the Garden of Eden is taken from the beginning of the Christian Bible. It refers to the pristine state of the world, uncontaminated by humanity’s unrestrained greed and selfish ambition. The Bible presents our natural environment as God’s creative gift to us, and calls for us to care for it, to nurture it, and to maintain its God-given diversity and beauty.

“We need a plan” Attenborough said.

It’s never too late to change, is one of the underlying messages of Jesus Christ. It’s not just a spiritual message, but it also applies to lifestyle changes that treasure the gift of our precious planet.

Let’s change.

Thank you, Father, for the wonder of your creation, and help me please to do my part in respecting it and taking care of it. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

1. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/david-attenborough-transcript-from-crystal-award-speech

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James Henderson is the European Superintendent for Grace Communion International.

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