Have you noticed that there is more and more emphasis on ecological issues... greenhouse gasses… carbon footprints and renewable energy? This might seem to be a new idea but it is a recurring theme down through history, starting with Genesis 2 where man was given the job of tending the garden of Eden and taking care of it! As usual our track record has not been very good, and ecological disasters are probably God’s reminders to change our ways, whether it is the flood of Genesis 6 and 7, or our current situation. Last century in India, Mahatma Gandhi put it very succinctly when he said:
“The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”.
Ouch! There is a lot of rhetoric out there, with grand global plans (which nobody can agree on) but it seems to me that this will work if we each start to take some responsibility for what we do. The goal is to start with little things, turning off the lights when you are not in the room, using energy efficient bulbs, and minimising the use of gas guzzling motor vehicles. My new house is designed to be more ecologically sensitive with a rain water tank, windows to catch the winter sun to minimise heating as well as minimise summer sun and utilise flow through ventilation to minimise cooling requirements. I am not yet prepared to start cycling to work, but I am looking for other ways to do my part in being ecologically sensitive and trying to look after the small area of the world that I can influence. Here in Australia we have everything that we need, sadly maybe in the recent past we have become just a little too greedy in our use of the natural resources that the Lord has blessed us with. What are you going to do?
Chaplain Ian Whitley