We've just had a couple of Sunday's where the stewardship of the earth were themes. On both April 19th (Festival of God's Creation Sunday) and 26th (Native American Ministries Sunday) we celebrated Creation and our stewardship of it.
I ran across the following recently.
God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him, "Lord, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the 'beginning'.."
"Oh, is that so? Tell me..." replies God..
"Well", says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man."
"Well, that's interesting. Show Me. "
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil. "Oh no, no, no..." interrupts God. "Get your own dirt!"
I love this story, because it reveals the profound truth of Creation. God is behind it all! And even if we can "duplicate" some of the processes, when it comes right down to it, God made it all so we are dependent upon God for all.
But that also means that we have to take care of what God has given us. No matter where you stand on the "Global Warming" controversy, it remains that Christians are called by God to care for the earth. Genesis 2:15 says that human beings are placed on this earth to "till it and keep it." We are stewards of God's Creation, and we need to take seriously our responsibility to "till and keep" the earth!
Oh, and God says we can use His dirt!