Our Bible verse for today: “Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled my plot of land. They have turned my desirable plot into a desolate wasteland. They have made it a desolation. It mourns, desolate, before me. All the land is desolate, but no one takes it to heart.” Jeremiah 12:10-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t trash God’s beautiful creation”
In the days and weeks to come we will think about some of the deep and difficult environmental issues facing our world today, and we will talk about steps and strategies Christians can use to be a part of the solution. But to begin with, let’s consider something simple and basic. Let’s talk about trash.
A couple of months ago I was in San Diego visiting my daughter. At one point I made a wrong turn and ended up in an undeveloped cul-de-sac. There were no homes on it, it was just vacant lots. However, it wasn’t empty. I was stunned and disgusted to see that people had used the vacant lots to dump all sorts of trash. There were old sofas and lazy boy chairs, a refrigerator, old tires, and lots of plastic bags of household garbage – much of it torn open and strewn around. This cul-de-sac was right off of a main road in a decent neighborhood, but it looked and smelled like a landfill. Why would people do that? Apparently they were too lazy to take their trash to a proper disposal site and they didn’t care about the cleanliness or sanitation of the neighborhood.
Years ago there was a public service commercial on television about this. As the commercial begins, we see an old American Indian Chief in traditional dress riding a horse across what appears to be empty land. But as the scene unfolds, we begin to see trash strewn on the ground as the horse walks by. There are empty bottles, fast food wrappers, and bags of trash. Soon the old Chief and his horse come to the edge of a busy highway. As they stand there watching the cars go by, someone in a passing car throws a fast food bag filled with trash out the window and it scatters on the ground. With a sad look the old Chief turns to the camera and says, “Please don’t spoil our beautiful land. Put your trash in a proper receptacle.”
Is that really too hard to do, put your trash in a proper receptacle? In Jeremiah 12:10-11 God lamented that His people had destroyed the land by not taking proper care of it. Mostly it was just laziness and failing to follow proper procedures. That’s often true for us too. In their case they didn’t use proper grazing and farming techniques. For us taking good care of the earth can be as simple as putting your trash in a trash can rather than throwing it on the ground.
Please don’t trash God’s beautiful creation. Put it in a trash can.