A friend recently posted a very heart wrenching video on youtube about the environment. As I write these sentences, more and more of the Amazon rain forest is being destroyed. More of the world’s oceans are being polluted. The runoff from the large industrial farms in the American midwest is producing dead zones in large sections of the Gulf of Mexico. Right now, nuclear power facilities in Japan are in jeopardy of failing. So much of what God created is being destroyed. Many species of plants and animals are disappearing from off this earth forever. The question is: what can be done about it? Why don’t we try to stop it?
If you examine these problems and try to understand what is causing them, you have to see that they are all eventually caused by greed, selfishness and hate. The greed of large corporations for more profits leads to a lot of our global pollution and environmental destruction. However, it’s too easy to put all the blame on large corporations or some nameless face in the corporate world. The greed starts here at home. How am I still greedy? How am I still selfish? How much hate do I still have resident in me? It’s hard to look at myself and see all of those things that I hate in others, but that’s where it starts and, as the famous phrase points out, ‘the buck stops here.’
Jesus told us to get the beam out of our own eye before we try to get the mote out of someone else’s eye. How can I see clearly unless I get that thing out of myself? Ultimately, I have no control over others. I can’t force them to change themselves. The only one I can change is me. However, if we all take that step to get rid of the things inside of us that are in opposition to God’s heavenly kingdom, then that kingdom can be established on this earth. Then we will see the deserts blossom as a rose and the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways and no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” It’s too easy to sing the song and think that those are pretty words. I think Jesus would agree with that, but he would say, Go out and DO that. GO and sin no more.