give a hoot

December 4, 2016

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Between Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Military a couple of things were permanently etched in my brain, one of them was don’t litter.

Psalm 89: 11: “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.”

And not just the physical world, but its inhabitants belong to God: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine” (Exod. 19: 5). In other words, we’re all God’s possession but He chose a people (Israel) to be His “treasured possession.”

Whatever we do to the earth and with the earth, we must be aware that we are handling what belongs to God. The implication of God’s ownership creates a duty for us to honor His creation. The very first thing we read in the Bible is, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1: 1). Scripture goes on to describe the creation process. While He was creating the world, God repeatedly declared, “It is good. It is good!” Later, when He made the pinnacle of creation, which is you and me, He said, “It’s very good.”

So how do you honor God? He’s the greatest artist and the greatest architect— infinite, all-wise, all-powerful, and all-knowing. One of the great ways we can honor Him is by respecting what He has made. We study what He has made. And we give Him honor, credit, and praise for the beauty and the provision in all He has made for us.

Psalm 115: 16 says, “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.” Note the two words “belong” and “given.” God has basically said, “I’ve created this magnificent planet and I’ve entrusted it to the human race.” What does that mean? Here’s the implication: we are the earth’s vice-regents. We are the caretakers, managers, and stewards of creation. God says, “I’ve created all this but I’m putting you in charge.” The Scripture records the “hand-off” to humans in Genesis 1: 28: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” The two key words for our discussion are “subdue” and “rule.” The Hebrew words are very strong and are used elsewhere to describe absolute control. God says, “You are fully in charge on My behalf.”

Now I’m not a liberal, tree hugging, save the salamander guy, I hunt, fish, trap and shoot. I do one of those every day. To me littering is disrespecting God and me as a manager of earthly resources.

So, show respect to the owner please. And the next time you see someone litter realize this is a chance to read your bible (which you always have with you) about God as creator.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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