Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Year A, Proper 16, Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) Lesson
… the earth will wear out like
a garment and those who live on it like gnats; but my salvation will
Reflection on Isaiah 51: 1-6
by the Rev Wanda Copeland
So frequently, Christians have been among the first who have ignored
a need to care for the earth, citing lines like the above from Isaiah.
They say, ‘So what if there is pollution or if the earth is warmer than
it used to be. It is no real concern since the Lord our God can do anything.
Most of all, God has given us this earth for our own to do with as we determine
I would ask, if we so consider all that God has created and called
God in such a light, are we really God’s stewards. Are we really the ones
who are created in the image of God? Do we have that spark of divinity
within us that makes us just lower than the angels?
Perhaps the earth will eventually wear out and the sun will no longer shine, but we do not have the prerogative to exhaust the earth with our own indiscretions. Life on this planet is not a ‘warm-up’ exercise for our real life. This is real and it is life. It is God’s life given to us — a cocoon of protection and comfort within which to live until such time as we are lifted to another world. God help our irresponsibility.
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