The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of Her!
Hey yanna, ho yanna hey yan yan; Hey yanna, ho yanna hey yan yan
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take;
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take!
(Traditional chant, Hopi)
Stewardship, by definition, is the management or care of something. (vocabulary.com) The Green Team at Christ Episcopal Church has a focus for stewardship in the care taking of the world we live in. In the Bible, God told Adam to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (ESV Genesis 1:28) Some take the words subdue and dominion to mean to do whatever you want with it, it is yours. However, is it my planet? Is it your planet? Is it my future great grandchild’s planet (the one who comes long after me)? Is it Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson’s planet or Sarah Palin’s planet?
When I hear dominion, I think of it as one’s domain. In the 1970’s, there was a cartoon for Tarzan; each episode opened with him talking about his jungle and saying “This is my domain, and I protect those who come here.” He protected his friends – the animals and his friends – the humans. He stopped people who would harm his jungle or as well as when the inhabitants wished to harm each other, without judging whether Tantor or Sheba had more right to live – stating that the resources within the jungle belonged to all who dwelt there. His message was that he would protect all life, nurture it, and care for it so that it would be there tomorrow. In the commercial breaks, there would also be a message from Smokey the Bear to “prevent forest fires” or the “crying Indian” to keep America beautiful. Perhaps we need to consider this blue/green planet a gift from God, given to us as our domain and placed in our care. Perhaps we should see Genesis 1:28 as a mandate to be stewards to our planet; it is hard to be fruitful tomorrow, if we abuse the resources today.
If you have any interest in helping us or any ideas on preservation of natural resources, reach out to Mark, Jonathon, Pete, Bradley, or I.