This is a little peak into my journal for you, my readers. I wrote this at Starbucks tonight and I really feel compelled to share it. Please, seriously consider what I have to share here because this is not something that I do often. The only person who sees my journal is my wife. So this is a very special thing. Please, let God speak to you through me.
We’re disconnected from the earth. And we know it. Or at least we can feel it.
We have been given this responsibility to take care of our home, to carefully steward and order and manage it, and we’re in trouble. From oil to air pollution to wetlands, we find ourselves in our bare feet on a beach, almost stepping on a needle…
Many people live in air-conditioned houses and apartments.
We alter our air with electric machines…
It’s even possible to go days without spending any significant time outside.
And it’s still considered living.
(Rob Bell. Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2007. 36)
Everywhere I look, I see cars. White cars and blue cars and gray ones and red ones. The ground is hard and either black or gray. The landscaping: some spindly trees, dead-ish bushes, and towering, metal street lamps. If this doesn’t effect us inside, somehow, then what does?
Bell talks about our disconnection from nature and what we do in our lives. We really do, deep down, know that something is not right.
Think about what we are most concerned about when it comes to environmental issues: the economy, our style, how we might [have to] use less energy (cuz this is so horrible), the democrats being in control.
We only defend what we love. When it comes to the environment, creation, we love what we have made, not what God has made.
We’re more concerned with Big Brother infiltrating our private lives than we are cancer infiltrating our private parts.
We’re more concerned with building a new shopping center than we are the growing of grains to make sure we have food on our tables.
Speaking of food, we’d rather eat food prepared by strangers than to make our own meals because we don’t have 30 minutes to cook but we do have 45 to wait while someone else does [it] for us.
So we’re not completely disconnected. We’re just connected to the wrong things.
For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator… (Romans 1:21a, 25 HCSB)
God, I am sorry…Amen.