Whose world is it anyway?
Who owns the world? According to the Bible it belongs to God. If we care for someone, we care for what belongs to them. It’s as simple as that. Us Christians have no choice – if we believe in a loving creator God, we cannot but care for his world.
And if we leave God out of the picture, whose world is it then? Doesn’t it belong to whales and polar bears as much as it does to us? And, as arguably the most thinking, feeling species, do we not bear responsibility to hand on to future generations something as safe, beautiful and liveable-on as we have enjoyed?
By allowing ourselves to be seduced by the “consume more and you will find happiness” lies of the economic growth god, we are living a three planet lifestyle and thereby treating the world like a sponge to be squeezed to the last drop.
So, what to do? Just by monitoring our energy use, by taking care over where we source our food, how (and, indeed, whether) we travel, and saying “no” to the “consume more” adverts, we reaffirm that it is not just our world, it belongs to God, polar bears and children.