Comments on: Today’s devotional: oil spills and the responsibility of stewardship /blog/index.php/2010/06/11/todays-devotional-oil-spills-and-the-responsibility-of-stewardship/ News and happenings from around Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:17:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: Truth Lives /blog/index.php/2010/06/11/todays-devotional-oil-spills-and-the-responsibility-of-stewardship/comment-page-1/#comment-63886 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:53:22 +0000 /blog/?p=4956#comment-63886 I have felt strongly since childhood that Nature and wild animals and all wild plant life should be protected. Over time, as I learned more about Nature and life cycles of our planet, etc…I have become even more convicted that protecting and safeguarding other life-forms, jungles, our oceans, etc is crucially important for the happiness and good health of all life-forms here on Earth.

I am always perplexed when people only see ugliness in Nature and not the Hand of God. I am always perplexed when people treat Nature and other life-forms with great disrespect.

God never gave us permission to destroy everything around us here on Earth. Dominate does not mean destroy…..but then again abusive spouses dominate and destroy. Hmmmm.

Please fellow Christians take good care of God’s Creation and each other !!

By: Debi /blog/index.php/2010/06/11/todays-devotional-oil-spills-and-the-responsibility-of-stewardship/comment-page-1/#comment-46462 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:01:26 +0000 /blog/?p=4956#comment-46462 Isaiah 35

By: Sean Scott /blog/index.php/2010/06/11/todays-devotional-oil-spills-and-the-responsibility-of-stewardship/comment-page-1/#comment-46157 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 13:47:33 +0000 /blog/?p=4956#comment-46157 In the closing sentence you ask, “are Christians at the forefront of efforts to care for the damaged Creation left behind by the crisis?”


Not because Christians don’t want to be at the forefront. I believe that we should be, and that most real Christians who really believe and follow the lessons and commandments of Jesus and Scriptures also feel the same way. The parable of the talents is an excellent example of how God views how we treat His creation He gave us to live in and care for.

But sadly, most of us are not Christians. The number of people filling churches is shrinking. The number of people who follow the Bible as the primary source of guidance in their daily lives is shrinking.

I am sure there are Christians in high places doing important jobs. However most of the private and civic leadership of our nation is not in true Christian hands. The dollar speaks louder to most people than the Bible.

We are a people — here and elsewhere in the world — who seek material comforts and the money it requires to “buy happiness.” This drives our economy and our national policies. Whether you are a Wall Street banker or a drug dealer on the street corner, selling something to people to make money is the driving force at work behind the scenes. Many resort to selling themselves, to stealing, or just to compromising their principles in their act of worshiping the false god of materialism.

We are a very immature and selfish society, and it is hurting not only God’s creation but others of His children elsewhere in the world. There are enough resources in the world to shelter, feed, clothe, cleanse, heal, equip, teach, train, and employ every single person. The problem is most of the world’s resources and wealth is controlled by the fewest, while the most of the world’s people have the least resources and wealth to use. That “love for money is a root of all kinds of evil” thing Paul spoke of in the Bible.

No, Christians are not at the forefront of taking care of the damage. We need to be doing a better job of spreading God, The Good News, and the love of Jesus Christ. Now, more than ever, we need to amp up the power and shine brighter the light of Jesus into the darkness.

By: Pastor Howard Gunter /blog/index.php/2010/06/11/todays-devotional-oil-spills-and-the-responsibility-of-stewardship/comment-page-1/#comment-46145 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:26:04 +0000 /blog/?p=4956#comment-46145 I am not a so-called “tree hugger”. I am concerned however that we only get riled up and protective when we experience destruction and damage of large propportions to our natural environment. As I take daily walks along trails and old logging roads in the woods, I am always saddened to see so much abuse of God’s creation and natural beauty. For example, trails become widened every year to make room for off road recreational vehicles and snowmobiles but so wide that it actually would allow three lanes of traffic in many areas. Signs are nailed to trees everywhere. Cans, wrappers and a myriad of non-biogradable discards can be seen all over the place. Wildlife is driven higher or deeper into what’s left of their natural habitat. I am all for recrteation – RESPONSIBLE recreation, but not to the extent that it equates to poor stewardship and unnmecessary invasion of wooded lands.