The Earth Is the Lord's

Lou Lotz

READ : Genesis 19:27-28

And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah . . . and saw the smoke of the land going

up like the smoke of a furnace. (v. 28)

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a physical as well as spiritual disaster.
Human sinfulness has ecological repercussions. Adam and Eve disobey God in the Garden of
Eden, and the very ground is cursed. Sinfulness abounds in the days of Noah, and there is
a great flood. Listen to Hosea: “There is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and
committing adultery. . . . Therefore the land mourns . . . and also the beasts of the
field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away” (4:2-3).
Human sinfulness has repercussions for the creation. Moral disorder affects the natural
order.

The effects of human sin reverberate throughout the cosmos. When people are wicked, the earth suffers. When people are greedy and wasteful, there are ecological repercussions. Human wickedness and folly leads to environmental degradation.

We cannot divorce nature from nature’s God. Caution about exhausting our natural resources is not enough. What we need beyond caution is reverence. This planet is not ours to ruin. It belongs to our children. Ultimately, it belongs to God: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1).

PRAYER

God of creation, help me to be a better steward of the earth and its resources. Amen.