Every day, we benefit from the thousands of ways that humanity has learned to adapt, change and modify the environment and our world – including air-conditioning, medicine, transport, horticulture, and architecture – with the goal of making our lives better. Whether we be indigenous peoples pursuing traditional lifestyles, or city dwellers fully immersed in the modern world, or somewhere in-between, we have used our brains and creativity to intervene in the world where we live.
Many people are rightly concerned by the Modern world’s tendency to intervene, interfere and fiddle with everything – often without much concern to weigh up the benefits against the potential problems. Great advances have too often created as many problems as they have solved. Climate change is just one of many issues - that are the result of our arrogant, over-confident, and sometimes irresponsible behaviours as a species - that is putting everything at risk. Indigenous and traditional cultures can teach us a lot about caring for and living in harmony with the environment. They believe in a Creator and understand their responsibility to be caretakers of this world – just like it says in Genesis.
The modern world is a testimony to our capacity to change and adapt the world to meet our needs – to intervene and modify it for our purposes. In this sense, we are like the Creator God who brought the whole universe into existence and gave us a place in it. BUT, it seems that more and more people now prefer the idea of ‘no God’, an absentee God, or a God that cannot be known, rather than One who has made Himself known. Maybe they think they can avoid accountability for their actions by writing God out of the script or scrubbing His signature off the canvas!
Paul’s words in Romans 1:20-22, are just as relevant today.
He said, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and Divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that we are without excuse. For even though we know of God, we did not honour Him as God, or give thanks, but became futile in our speculations, and our foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, we became fools…”
The Bible tells us the truth about ourselves, and why things are wrong with the world. But It also offers hope, revealing God’s plan to save us through His Son, Jesus Christ. The foolish will scoff, but the wise will open its pages to find understanding.Mark Trodd[email protected]www.writersforjesus.com