Would God Pollute or Protest the Condition of Creation?
I just finished reading a powerful report from a journalist who followed the length of the Ganges River is India. tributary stretches from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. It holds tremendous cultural and religious value to the Hindi people. Yet it has become a toxic disaster, flowing with deadly chemicals, disposed bodies and the polluted sewage of cities and towns. India’s Center for Science and the Environment confirms “Polluted river water is the biggest cause of skin problems, disabilities and high infant mortality rates.”
Reporter Joshua Hammer notes the most devout are risking their lives in honoring their beliefs: “They want to touch the water, rub their bodies in the water, sip the water,” he said, “and someday they will die because if it.”
Of course the Ganges is just one example of the troubles people are causing around the globe by not showing proper stewardship for the planet God has given us. Our drive for resources and profit often outstrips the nobility and responsiblity of making sure each generation leaves the earth in healthy working order for our descendants. Over several generations, someone finally ends up with a shop-worn Terra firma that can no longer provide the world’s inhabitants their daily bread.
When we look at Isaiah Chapter 24, a potential picture of our environmental condition and future reveals itself in verses 4-5:
The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.
The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.
Are humans disobeying God’s innate laws for care taking of His creation? Are we defiling our mountains, fields oceans and rivers? Is the earth and all the wonderful blessings it provides us in an irreversible decline?