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Imagine, in great detail, an invention that could help reverse pollution — describe for us how your invention works and how it will help save the planet.
I am not sure an invention is needed. I think great strides have been taken in this area over the last few decades. Does more need to be done? Yes. But, we are certainly a long way from where we were just thirty or forty years ago.
As with most problems, the answer is staring at us in the mirror. Humanity is the real answer to the problem. I remember when I was a kid, it was not uncommon to see people throw their fast food sacks and cups out the window on the side of the road, as they raced down the highway. Again, we have come a long way since those days. I remember seeing the first “Do not Litter” signs along the highways. And, though it took some time to catch on, (and hey, the hefty fines didn’t hurt either!) it worked. Now, there is much less litter on the roadsides.
I know legislation has been passed to regulate factories and industries and the pollutants they spew into the atmosphere and the waterways. While many complain of too many regulations and fines, I think it has been for the good of the planet.
As a Christ-follower, it pains me even more to hear or see Christians who do not take care of the resources with which God has blessed us. I believe the Bible teaches that we are stewards of God’s creation. He has put his creation in our trust and he expects us to treat it as such.
Of the major theological constructs in Christianity, Wesleyan theology does an admirable job of dealing with these issues. Christians should be held responsible how we treat God’s creation. We should be responsible for how we behave as stewards of God’s world.
I do not think creation should be elevated to the same stature of humanity. I believe God clearly has placed humanity at the apex of his created work. Thus, plants and animals are not equal to human beings. Does this mean we are to abuse or mistreat animals? No. Again, we are to be stewards of God’s things.
Of course, for some, it is hard to accept this since we often do not even treat one another with proper respect. For that matter, we do not even show proper respect to the Creator himself. This is to our shame. Repentance is in order.
It may be that some are leery of such ideas, fearing they will be seen as a radical or extremist environmentalist. There’s probably no real danger in that! While we could argue that some people and groups go too far in their environmental zeal; the extreme does not negate the principal. We cannot, as God’s people, use this as an excuse. It would be like arguing, since there are gluttons in the world, then all eating is bad. The extreme does not define the issue, nor does it negate the importance and the responsibility.
My invention would be a simple one. A call to all conscientious Christians to prayerfully consider ways we can better take care of God’s trust to us. How can I, as one believer, be a better steward of God’s creation? How can I be an example to others, to my children, that God’s world is beautiful and amazing . . . and it is our responsibility to see to it that it remains that way.