June 13, 2019

For full passage click: Psalm 8:5-9 …“Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet…” vss. 5-6

The ancient Hebrews believed that, in spite of their universal insignificance, God had given humans dominion over all things that lived on the earth. We can certainly understand the logic of their reasoning—at least on earth humans do have a dominant position. We are a powerful species, especially in the wake of the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs. But sad to say, we’ve not always done well by the earth and its other inhabitants. In fact, the more dominant we’ve become the tougher it’s been for the rest of God’s creation. Countless species of plant and animal life have gone extinct during our tenure as stewards. Instead of taking care of the earth, we’ve been more inclined to extract and exploit its resources with little regard for the environment. Even now, as the effects of climate change become more noticeable, we’re remarkably reluctant to take any actions that might impact economic development. But not all of us! Some people are taking seriously their divine calling to care for the earth and are doing everything they can to clean the oceans and preserve our forests. And they are making a difference, in spite of our insidious desires for profit and gain at any cost. How good it would be if their efforts became the rule and not the exception!

Thought for the Day: What am doing to care for the earth?