One thing we can all agree on, though, is that our communities feel like nicer places when they're litter-free. It's better for the environment, and easier on the eye.
Roll your sleeves up and make your world cleaner today.
'The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.'
(Genesis 2:15 NIV)
It had been years since I’d seen one of these. Like a near-extinct bird, the lesser-spotted Christian bumper sticker caught my eye last summer. It was old and peeling around the edges, but the ‘This is not my home, I’m just passing through’ sticker was still intact. Some of us have been thinking about creation and the planet so long we have forgotten that there are those who still believe that planet earth is only a stopgap before the main performance on the stage of heaven.
Genesis 2:15 makes clear that from the start we were made to ’work, dress and care for creation’. So the plan was never that the bumper sticker would be true.
Earth isn’t a stop-off; it is our home and – as shown in Revelation 21– heaven is going to invade earth. There isn’t going to be some mass evacuation, but heaven is coming to us.
Which means we need to roll up our sleeves because we have work to do. We need to be involved in working, dressing and caring for creation. It’s not something to consume and then destroy, but to care for and restore. Our role is to be stewards of the great gift of earth, stone, water and air. We are to work to bring about a restored creation, a beautiful creation, a creation that reminds us of Eden.
Where is your Garden of Eden? What are your Eden streets called? Eden scrub ground and Eden car parks? We each have a Garden of Eden to love, treasure, clean, restore, dress, preserve and bring justice for. So let’s not wait for someone else to do our job; let’s get involved and live up to the first challenge in the Bible.
Today's blog was written by Cris Rogers from All Hallows Bow. Find out more about them and support their chosen charity here.
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