Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Lighting a Candle for God's Creation
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
This is what the Lord has commanded: “Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.” ’ The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed.
The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; with me you are but aliens and tenants. Throughout the land that you hold, you shall provide for the redemption of the land.
This Saturday at 530pm, come join EasyYolk and The Beloved Community at the Orange Circle for a candlelight vigil to pray for God's Creation and resist humanity's continued rape of its natural resources. As world leaders convene in Copenhagen during this fortnight, we will join small communities all over the world at the exact same time to symbolically beckon them to commit to real climate change. Only prophetic policies set by the governments of the West can reverse our decades of carbon-spewing.
We 'humans' [meaning 'earth creature' or 'creature of the soil'--Genesis 2:7] are called to be stewards and caretakers of His Creation [Genesis 2:15] and to reject the hoarding of natural resources. We live simply so that the Third World ['the least of these'--Matthew 25] can begin to live more abundantly. We must model this way-of-being in the world. The rest of the world waits and groans [Romans 8:22] for us to be a voice for God's precious creation.
The latest climate-gate scandal is just another stab in the dark for the business community to gain false leverage over the wealthy masses who won't experience the really devastating consequences as man-made climate change continues to wreak havoc on the poorest of the world. If we, as a world community, do not reverse course, we should expect 100s of millions of desperate climate refugees, as our very own Pentagon reported back in 2003.